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Stuart Armstrong reveals similarities between Steve Clarke and Ralph Hasenhuttl

Armstrong during Scotland's game against the Czech Republic
Armstrong during Scotland's game against the Czech Republic / Stu Forster/Getty Images
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Speaking before EURO 2020, Scotland midfielder Stuart Armstrong revealed the national team set-up is similar to being at Southampton.

Armstrong joined Premier League side Southampton in 2018, roughly a year after he made his international debut, and has scored 14 goals in 104 appearances for the south coast outfit.

Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has earned plenty of admirers for his expansive and at times explosive style of play. Southampton finished 15th in the Premier League during the 2020/21 season.

International manager Clarke has revived Scotland's fortunes. Having not qualified for an international tournament since the 1998 World Cup, they beat Israel and Serbia in consecutive penalty shootouts to qualify for EURO 2020.

Speaking about the two managers, Armstrong told UEFA: "I think a lot of managers are different and all have their different ideas and ways of training and approaching games. I think the environment the manager’s created here is...it’s a continuation of club football; it’s that familiarity of what we’re doing when we come here. Everyone knows the system.

Stuart Armstrong, Ralph Hasenhuttl
Stuart Armstrong and Ralph Hasenhuttl with Southampton / Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

"Everyone knows how to fit in and adapt to that system and the job that they get when they come into that system. So, there’s a lot of clarity around the way we play and the way we should approach the games, and I think that helps massively when coming into a new environment."

Scotland face a battle to qualify for the knockout stages of EURO 2020 after losing to the Czech Republic and drawing with England. With only one point so far, the Scots have to beat Croatia on Tuesday and hope four points will be good enough to see them qualify as one of the best third placed teams.

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