Southampton's Toby Alderweireld admits he found it tough against Chelsea

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Southampton defender Toby Alderweireld was honest in his assessment of his own performance against Chelsea.

Southampton defender Toby Alderweireld admitted to the club's official site that he struggled against Chelsea this weekend.

The Saints managed to leave Stamford Bridge with a point, after the two sides fought out a 1-1 draw, and the team's performance was generally impressive.

However, Alderweireld was honest enough to admit that he found the going tough, as he has spent so much time on the sidelines with injury recently.

“Of course it was difficult after two months I didn’t play a game and then I play a game against Chelsea – it’s tough," he said.

"In those two months we trained hard, did everything to come back stronger, so I’m quite happy with my fitness. But I think we had a good result and we worked hard for it."

The Belgian international has been out since the start of January and he was thrown at the deep end by Ronald Koeman.

Despite his honest assessment, it was not easy to tell that Alderweireld wasn't fully match-sharp, though, as the Atletico Madrid loanee looked classy throughout.

The 26-year-old dealt with Chelsea striker Diego Costa well and he even almost scored, when his free-kick was saved well by Thibaut Courtois.

It was another display which will add to his ever-increasing reputation in England and Alderweireld will be hoping that he will be able to get even better when he has fully recovered. 

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