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Spurs beat Villa to underline task facing new manager Garde

Tottenham beats last-place Aston Villa 3-1 to underline task facing new manager Remi Garde

Spurs beat Villa to underline task facing new manager Garde

LONDON (AP) -- Remi Garde witnessed the magnitude of his managerial task at Aston Villa on Monday when Tottenham handed his new team a ninth loss in 11 Premier League games.

Tottenham's 3-1 victory keeps Spurs firmly in the contention for a return to the Champions League and leaves Villa last and seemingly headed for the League Championship unless Garde can transform the team in the second third of the season.

Only after Villa cut the gap to 2-1 in the 79th minute -- with Jordan Ayew's strike beating goalkeeper Hugo Lloris thanks to a deflection -- did the team show any of the fighting spirit required for a relegation scrap.

Tottenham already led through first-half goals from Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli, and Harry Kane completed the win in stoppage time to send Spurs fifth.


Updated : 2021-09-21 20:23 GMT+08:00