Son Heung-Min (Getty Photos)
Tottenham made a profitable begin to life after Jose Mourinho as Son Heung-min’s last-minute penalty sealed an important 2-1 victory towards Southampton of their first match since withdrawing from the controversial European Tremendous League on Wednesday.
Mourinho was sacked on Monday after 17 turbulent months answerable for the north London membership, however his shock exit was overshadowed by the fall-out from the bitter Tremendous League row.
Languishing exterior the highest 4 and knocked out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb, Tottenham would have benefitted greater than most from the proposed Tremendous League.
However as a substitute they had been pressured to grow to be certainly one of six Premier League golf equipment to withdraw from the reviled breakaway match on Tuesday after a livid backlash.
Celebrating the Tremendous League’s demise and calling for Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to give up, a handful of followers gathered exterior the stadium holding indicators that learn: “We stated no to Tremendous League” and “Thanks for NO reminiscences. Time to say goodbye. Levy out.”
The Tremendous League was lifeless within the water simply 48 hours after its creation, forcing Tottenham to deal with a extra conventional means of creating it into Europe’s elite.
Towards that backdrop, a win within the first match of the post-Mourinho period was important they usually achieved it due to their first restoration from a half-time deficit this season.
Danny Ings put Southampton forward, however Gareth Bale equalised earlier than Son transformed a last-gasp penalty.
Tottenham transfer into sixth place, two factors behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who’ve a recreation in hand within the race to qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League.
Mourinho’s failure to steer Tottenham into the highest 4 and a deteriorating relationship along with his squad proving his downfall.
The axe fell simply six days earlier than Tottenham’s bid to win a primary trophy since 2008 towards Manchester Metropolis within the League Cup last at Wembley on Sunday.
Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is the bookmakers favorite to switch Mourinho.
However for now former Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason has been positioned in cost on a caretaker foundation and this was an encouraging begin earlier than he has to pit his wits towards Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola.
Aged simply 29, Mason, who has been working in Tottenham’s youth academy, is the youngest boss in Premier League historical past and the primary youthful than 30 to handle within the English top-flight since QPR’s Frank Sibley in 1977.
Tottenham paid the worth for a limp begin to Mason’s reign as Southampton deservedly took the lead within the thirtieth minute.
With Tottenham defender Serge Aurier sluggish to react, Ings timed his run completely to satisfy James Ward-Prowse’s nook with an excellent glancing header that arrowed into the far nook for his eleventh aim of the season.
Tottenham had been with out England captain Harry Kane after the striker suffered an ankle damage in Friday’s draw at Everton.
In Kane’s absence, Tottenham had been toothless within the first half, however they improved after the break.
Bale supplied a uncommon second of inspiration as he equalised with Tottenham’s first shot on track within the sixtieth minute.
Pouncing on Lucas Moura’s blocked shot, the Wales ahead curled dwelling from an acute angle contained in the Southampton space.
A serving to hand from VAR arrange Son’s winner as Moussa Djenepo’s foul on Harry Winks was upgraded to a penalty after initially being dominated a free-kick simply exterior the realm.
Son made no mistake from the spot to present Tottenham their first win in 4 video games.
In a while Wednesday, leaders Manchester Metropolis can transfer a step nearer to a 3rd Premier League title in 4 seasons in the event that they win at Aston Villa.
Guardiola’s aspect, knocked out of the FA Cup semi-finals by Chelsea on Saturday, are eight factors away from second positioned Manchester United with six video games left.