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Tottenham show Southampton manager the enormity of task ahead

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Tottenham Hotspur showed new Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl the size of the task ahead as he plans to change the club’s fortunes, according to France24.

The former RB Leipzig manager was appointed manager of the Saints early on Wednesday replacing the sacked Mark Hughes and appeared at Wembley to watch his new team play, but for the first hour it was painful viewing.

Hasenhuttl will have been encouraged by the latter stages of the second half as Southampton were the better side and got a late consolation goal through Charlie Austin.

But at that point the East coast side were already 3-0 down to the hosts thanks to goals from Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son.

Southampton showed plenty of fight and desire despite finding themselves down by three goals.

Nathan Redmond saw his shot from distance hit the crossbar, then Trippier did well to block James Ward-Prowse’s shot before Lloris denied the midfielder again with a brilliant point-blank save.

The Saints hit the frame of the goal for the second time when Mohamed Elyounoussi’s header rebounded off the crossbar before finally getting their goal when Austin beat the offside trap and fired home.

For Tottenham, the final half hour of a game was a disappointment, but they move into the top three after results elsewhere went in their favour.