'Good challenge': Livramento names £120k-a-week Chelsea star as one of his toughest opponents

Tino Livramento named his former Chelsea colleague Callum Hudson-Odoi as one of the most challenging players he’s come up against.

As quoted by the Evening Standard, Livramento listed off the array of household names he’s been fortunate to face already in his fledgling senior career.

The teenager is currently tasting his first sip of first-team football, having signed for Southampton over the summer.

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Despite being born and raised in the Cobham school- with doorway to Thomas Tuchel’s team left ajar – the defender decided his future would be best served elsewhere.

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He earned the Saint’s cross in August, a holy deal that cost £5m (Guardian).

Livramento living it up

Ralph Hasenhuttl wasted no time in throwing Livramento right in at the deep end down by the south coast.

Seven Premier League games, seven Southampton starts for the 18-year-old this season.

On the way, Hasenhuttl’s side have faced Everton, Manchester United, West Ham United, Manchester City and most recently, Chelsea.

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An illustrious list full of some of the league’s brightest stars to put Livramento to the test.

“There’s been loads,” said the full-back when asked about his stickiest opponents.

“Richarlison, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Jack Grealish, [Joao] Cancelo, Said Benrahma… playing against Callum as well was a good challenge but I really enjoyed it.

“It’s been a bit crazy, you don’t really get much time to think about it.”

Two Blues

Clearly saving the best until last, Livramento and Hudson-Odoi went head-to-head last Saturday.

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With the former at right-back for Southampton and the latter Chelsea’s £120,000-a-week (Spotrac) left-wing back, the pair were pitted in direct competition.

A battle between two boys bred as Blue, in front of a capacity Stamford Bridge crowd.

Whilst Chelsea won the tie 3-1, the academy graduates exchanged their share of blows.

Livramento earned the penalty that dragged Southampton level, but couldn’t get out quick enough to prevent Ben Chilwell’s late strike.

It was a personal victory for Hudson-Odoi, who was making only his second league start of the campaign.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.