Brighton vs Tottenham
Tottenham traveled to Brighton in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off.
Spurs started the weekend 6th in the Premier League with 11 points.
A win over Brighton would have seen Tottenham move as high as 4th in the table.
As for Brighton, they began Saturday 16th in the league with just one win in the PL this campaign.
Tottenham’s line-up was slightly different from the one that suffered a 7-2 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich earlier this week.
Moussa Sissoko would start in at right-back vs the Seagulls in place of the suspended Serge Aurier.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 5, 2019
Here’s how Albion line-up for this lunchtime’s game with @SpursOfficial at the Amex.
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) October 5, 2019
Here are three key talking points from the clash.
Tottenham’s day would get off to a nightmare start.
Brighton would whip a ball into the Spurs box, which looked like a pretty comfortable catch for Hugo Lloris, who was under no pressure.
However, the Frenchman would spill the cross allowing Brighton goal poacher Neil Maupay to head in the ball, putting the Seagulls 1-0 up inside three minutes.
Spurs’ day would go from bad too worse thanks to that goal with their number one shot-stopper Hugo Lloris being injured during Brighton’s opener.
After dropping the ball Lloris fell backwards onto his arm, which looked in a seriously bad way.
Hugo Lloris has been replaced by Paulo Gazzaniga after sustaining a serious arm injury.
Lets hope it’s not too serious and there’s a quick recovery. pic.twitter.com/f5ZysdGvJy
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 5, 2019
The former Lyon man was promptly stretchered off the pitch after receiving oxygen.
The seriousness of Lloris’ injury has yet to be divulged but hopefully, it is not as bad as it first appeared.
Whilst Lloris’ injury does look horrific, the error for Brighton’s goal was already made prior to him sustaining it.
It has seen been revealed that Lloris has made more errors directly leading to goals since the start of the 2016/17 Premier League season than any other player. That number being 10.
No player has made more errors directly leading to goals since the start of the 2016/17 Premier League season than Hugo Lloris (10).
Adding insult to what could be a serious injury. pic.twitter.com/y3X9Bwyyha
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 5, 2019
Obviously, Saturday’s error was followed by a rather serious injury. But it shouldn’t take away from the fact Lloris is quite error-prone, something you do not really want from your keeper if you are trying to earn a Champions League spot.
Brighton would pile on Tottenham’s misfortune in the 32nd minute with Aaron Connolly putting Graham Potter’s team 2-0.
The youngster had his original effort saved by Spurs’ backup keeper Paulo Gazzaniga but he kept pressing and managed to slot home on his second attempt.
Tottenham’s away record continues to be a concern
Prior to facing off against Brighton, Tottenham had an awful away record in the Premier League.
In fact, the North London outfit were winless on the road in the league since January of this year.
That win would only come against now Championship side Fulham.
Tottenham’s PL away record since last win in January:
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) September 21, 2019
The first 45 minutes from Tottenham would suggest that the record was set to continue for at least one more game.
Granted, Spurs players may have been slightly shaken up from what happened to Hugo Lloris.
But that really shouldn’t be an excuse for the flat, lackluster display given by Tottenham in the first half.
Tottenham’s first-half display was perfectly encapsulated in injury time with Tanguy Ndombele slamming the ball against the advertising board in frustration.
Spurs’ hammering at the hands of the German champions looks to have stayed with Mauricio Pochettino’s side as they exhibited little to no confidence when trying to cope with, no offense to Brighton, an inferior side to Spurs.
The North London powerhouse headed in at the interval 2-0 down.
Pochettino would then send his side out fairly early to start the second half after what will likely have been a rather aggressive half-time team talk.
Tottenham would begin the second half on the stronger foot.
However, their display once again dipped off and they end the day still going in search of an away league win this season.
While Tottenham were pretty terrible today, that shouldn’t take away from the fact Brighton delivered perhaps their best display of the season at the Amex on Saturday.
One of the Seagull’s standout stars vs Spurs was 19-year-old academy product, Aaron Connolly.
Connolly had played just four PL games prior to Saturday, none of which came as a starter.
However, the forward was handed his first start on Saturday and he did not disappoint.
The 19-year-old would score Brighton’s second of the day.
And then when Tottenham came back out for the second half with a bit more of a spring in their step, Connolly quickly dampened Spurs hopes of getting back into the tie as he made it 3-0 to Brighton in the 64th minute with a wonderful strike.
Although Spurs were poor today, Brighton should still take a lot of confidence from this tie as they were on the front foot for most of the 90 minutes.