Ralph Hasenhuttl ready take on Saints challenge

Spurs recover to sink Saints

Spurs recover to sink Saints

It was tempting to say that Ralph Hasenhuttl now knows the scale of the challenge that faces him at Southampton but the truth is the new manager was already painfully aware.

The 51-year-old Austrian has replaced Mark Hughes, who was sacked on Monday, on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The Mark Hughes era at Southampton is over and the club can now look forward to what will hopefully be an exciting brand and style under Austrian boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

"Hugo Lloris was man of the match and that's something I'm disappointed about", he added.

"For me the most important thing is to keep going, 33 points, third in the table and I think a fantastic Premier League season".

Spurs will travel to Leicester City on Sunday morning (Singapore time).

Lax defending from Southampton allowed Spurs to take a ninth-minute lead.

"For that reason, we are extremely pleased that Ralph Hasenhuttl has agreed to become our new manager and do all he can to help guide us back on that path".

And Sky Germany reporter Max Bielefeld believes Southampton are getting a manager who is very similar to Klopp.

"I am thankful for that but 100 per cent ready to support Ralph and his team and get this team up the league".

Southampton (P13, W0, D7, L6) are now on their longest winless run in all competitions since October 1998 (also 13 matches).

Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has provided at least one assist in each of his last three Premier League games (four total), the first time he has done so within a single campaign since April 2016.

But he inherits a Southampton side who have picked up just nine points from their opening 15 games of the season, with a visit to Cardiff next on Saturday. The foundation of this identity was a focus on developing players, whether from within our academy or after joining from other clubs.

He admitted that he used Brighton midfielder Gross as a sounding board, saying: 'Pascal told me about the league, the clubs in the bottom of the league and (he said) it would be very interesting if I come here and try to take over a club here and perform with this club'.