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10 May 2018

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Head Coach reacts to Chelsea draw

- David Wagner speaks after draw at Stamford Bridge
- Head Coach praises performance of his side
- See the video on HTTV below

David Wagner spoke of his delight after a 1-1 draw with Chelsea was enough to secure Premier League football for his Huddersfield Town side for at least another season.

Town’s Head Coach was speaking in the post-match press conference as he reflected on the expectations that his side, explaining how they defied odds to earn Premier League football for another year.

The attitude of his players was one area that David was quick to praise, as he explained his delight at the effort and application his side put into the game to earn a crucial point.

David went on to preview Sunday’s final game of the season against Arsenal, suggesting his side can go out and play with ‘total freedom’ in what will be Arsène Wenger’s final game in charge of The Gunners.

Speaking after the match, David Wagner commented:

“This season we were predicted as a team that would get relegated, by miles as well, and I understand it totally. No criticism from my side because we work under circumstances which are maybe not even Championship circumstances. But part of the Huddersfield Town DNA is to try it, to have passion, desire and it doesn’t count how big you are. You only have to try it and to try everything.

“I would say calm is something different, but in the end it was a situation where I thought again, come on, now we have played 85 minutes; what will be will be. I think the players tried everything and invested everything and you have to accept if you get a reward. It was a little bit like the penalty shootout at Wembley nearly 12 months ago where I was so proud of what the players had done, and this was the same case today.

“Around Christmas I said to my assistant Christoph that if it will be a final against Arsenal on the last day of the season I would take it because we have such incredible support at home; we look much more confident at home than away. But now we can play this game with total freedom and give Arsène Wenger all the focus he deserves after 22 years in the Premier League, in his last game.”

You can listen to the post-match press conference below

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