Spurs in Crisis: This is perhaps a tribute to the progress made in Tottenham Hotspur that Mauricio Pochetino's team has been able to engage in similar talks earlier this season. But there is an important point in these things, and the sense that the Spurs team is disappearing deepened on the south coast when Brighton and Howe Albion created a splendid attacking play to drive the deserved winners 3-0.
First of all, it was an extraordinary occasion for Aaron Connolly, a 1
It was also a day of remembrance for Graham Potter, who saw his Brighton team win their first home league game. Best of all, they did it in the style he wanted, with the freedom to pass them, the ball easily kept in midfield and threatened on the flanks.
Fifteen minutes before the break, Brighton fans were already singing: "we want seven" – a rare welcome for the team, with the last seven league goals dating back to early May. But then everything is relative, and the Brighton Spurs have found an opposition that seems to sometimes play through the fog.
The defeat here resulted in 13 losses and nine victories in the last 29 matches. There is something else, variations of the idea of losing. Against Bayern Munich in the middle of the week, the Spurs were targeted for half an hour, then limped like a lettuce leaf until the end of the 7-2 defeat, a team that seemed to err on the core concept as a team.
There are better ways to start a game than to concede within the first three minutes and lose your captain. What will disturb Pochetino is the response to the ills at Amex Stadium, the lack of precision and drive. The Spurs have always lost this game, losing it every minute of every passing game.
Hugo Lloris will be subjected to the usual howls of despair because of his early mistake, but an injury to his arm became the biggest issue, a shocking moment that gave him oxygen on the field and eventually carried him into a state of genuine
. First Eric Lamela made the most sophisticated effort when he stopped Pascal Gross at the crossroads on the left. Then disaster: Lloris just threw the ball right in front of Neil Mopay, who carried it into the net. Instantly, it became clear that the goalkeeper also seriously injured his arm when he fell, his elbow twisted backwards when he landed.
For some time, the Spurs players seemed a little overwhelmed by the misery of their captain. The Mopay movement, sinking deep, then unrolling in space in front of the central spins, was a source of constant pain. Steven Alsat and Dale Stevens had a grip on central midfield. Opposite them Eric Deer has been moving with all the light elegance of a no-cost combine, clearly rusty in his first league since May.
About half an hour later, the Spurs switched to 4-4-2 with Son Heung – next to Harry Kane, but not noticeably moving on to the gravity of the game. However, they looked alarmingly creaky from behind, with the usual velocity vulnerability between the center spins.
Second Brighton arrived in 31 minutes. Another goal, another goalkeeper. This time it was Dan Bern who twisted a fine ball behind center backs on the left. Connolly twisted his body with genuine dexterity and created a magnificent attempt at a goal that Paulo Gazzaniga could only reach.
After that, all Brighton, Connolly, Mopay and Aaron Mui created some neat combinations. The only chance half of the Spurs came a minute before the break was Son and Kane combined to contract Lamela for a shot that was blocked.
Turquoise shirts were discharged five minutes before the reboot, shooting early from the dressing room and for some time looking more focused. But this Brighton team is filled with neat little tech players. They broke away and kept the ball in tight places when the air seemed to be coming out of Tottenham again.
The third goal came from the same left flank, Connolly slipped inside and curled a fine low shot into the far corner as the Spurs' defense stood and watched. In the 72nd minute the Son was lifted to rise from the ends of the Spurs. It was just such a day – but a south of true hope for Potter and home support.