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Tottenham lose to Brighton: 5 things we learned as Spurs suffer huge top-four blow

Potter’s magic work shines through

Tottenham were reportedly considering Graham Potter as a candidate before they decided to hire Nuno Espirito Santo in June last year. On the evidence of this season and this game, the Englishman certainly has a bright future in the game.

His side may be comfortably in mid-table but were anything but complacent in their approach. They looked prepared, hungry and were perhaps unfortunate not to go into the interval ahead after having the better of the first half action. Trossard’s late winner was exactly what they deserved after a brave performance.

There is an argument that they lack a cutting edge in the final third, but the football they produce in the build-up is not inferior to what Liverpool and Manchester City conjure — and on a shoestring budget compared to the Premier League’s top two. If another top job becomes available in the next 12 months, expect him to be in the running.

Kane-Son finally thwarted

Go back to Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Burnley on February 22 and that is the last time Harry Kane or Son Heung-min failed to score in a game for Spurs. In the seven games in between, Kane has five goals and five assists, Son eight goals and one assist. But with a mixture of clever tactics and tireless work, Brighton managed to end their reign of terror.

A lot of Tottenham’s play was far too lethargic to cause the visitors problems. But on the occasion when they got in behind, the three centre-backs — Joel Veltman, Lewis Dunk and Marc Cucurella — dealt with the threat superbly. They had some help from Yves Bissouma, who tracked Kane in the deeper areas and denied him the chance to play as the link man.

Other than Chelsea, Brighton are the only other side who stick with the 3-4-3 as often as Spurs do, and they demonstrated they know how to defend against it here. Halting the individual talents of Kane and Son, statistically the best striking duo the Premier League has seen, will feel as good as a win.



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