Southampton 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1: Ward-Prowse Scores Another Beautiful Freekick To Help The Saints Beat Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino returned to his first English club, Southampton to serve his touch-line ban and sat next his chairman Daniel Levy. Yet he must have wished he was already in Madrid. Pochettino had alluded to returning to Spain this week and, in the Premier League at least, his team are playing as though they want him to go. From being on the verge of a title challenge, this was their third defeat in four games, the odd game out being the draw to Arsenal last week. From aspiring to be champions, they are battling to stay in the top four. Manchester United can go level on points on Sunday. They were lucky to finish with ten men after Moussa Sissoko head-butted Nathan Redmond and received a yellow card. All of this will bewilder Pochettino. He was angry with his players after the defeat at Burnley. But this was much worse. For Sean Dyche’s team made life horrible, Spurs played well and yet lost absorbing contest. This was closer to the stereotypical Spurs implosion. Having been wholly in control of the game, they were seemingly completely undone by a tactical switch at half-time by Ralph Hassenhuttl, who brought on Shane Long and Josh Sims and went to 3-4-3. Photo Credit: Getty


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