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Hasenhuttl is proud for saving Southampton from relegation

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Shane Long of Southampton celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and AFC Bournemouth at St Mary's Stadium on April 27, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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The Saints manager believes this achievement is more important than getting RB Leipzig to second place in the German Bundesliga 2016-2017 season.

In the 2016-2017 season, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl took RB Leipzig to the second place in the German Bundesliga behind champions Bayern Munich.

His team was 15 points behind the Bavarians, but three points ahead of Borussia Dortmund, and five ahead of Hoffenheim.

This lets his team participate in the next edition of the UEFA Champions League and put Leipzig on the map.

But now, the Austrian coach has gotten a new achievement, as his team is saved from relegation and will stay in the English Premier League for one more year.

“The job to begin here was much more difficult because we had to build up,” he told Sky Sports.

“When I came to Leipzig there was a good team coming up to the top division and the development was further along than here.”

He added: “This was a lot of work to do but we used every second to develop this team and the guys did a fantastic job. Every player has made a huge step in the development of his performance.”

“If you look at our last transfer window we didn’t sign anyone. In the summer we will do, a bit of rebuilding is necessary and bringing some fresh players in.”

“Players are very adapted to what we want to play, then it’s important to work as hard as this year and try to take points consistently and not be in the relegation zone but stay high,” Hasenhuttl said.

“It was a crazy match. Everything you want to see in the stadium apart from the equalizer at the end. To come back again after being down was fantastic. Second half we had a very intense tactical game, changing the shape always, and our opponent was very flexible.”