Brighton did not cause jealousy in North London. After beating Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium last week, the Seagulls bounced back against Tottenham on Saturday (1-0) thanks to a goal from Leandro Trossard in the final minute of regular time. Five days before the end of this 2021-2022 Premier League, Spurs (57 points) have faltered at a critical moment of the season, giving Manchester United (51 points with two games down) and Arsenal (54 points) the opportunity. return to their height in the standings if they win this afternoon.
Tottenham had a tremendous opportunity to put pressure on their pursuers but the operation fell through. With thirteen goals in his last three home games (5-1 v Newcastle United, 3-1 v West Ham United and 5-0 v Everton), Antonio Conte’s men met an ultra-tight opposition and organized themselves.
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In the first third, the Londoners only hit the target once, after thirty seconds. Then almost nothing. Brighton, comfortable seventh-placed away before kick-off, was initially content with calming the game before gradually maintaining possession. Powerful Enock Mwepu forced Hugo Lloris to make a first save before the break (45′) but the yellow-card sanctioned Zambian was substituted at half-time to avoid a possible disqualification.
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A nice tactical move by Graham Potter, as the English coach was able to build on his collective score against an offensively feverish team. Son Heung-min, the only forward to try his luck, was met with every attempt by a reinforced concrete defense (50′, 58′). For his part, Harry Kane did not outweigh his lack of speed in front of a far-sighted Marc Cucurella (38th).
Were Spurs tired? Antonio Conte, for one, had recently come out of a Covid spell and the Italian technician was running out of ideas to destabilize an ultra-solid squad. At the very end of the game, the guests dominated with shots from Mac Allister (63′), Danny Welbeck (80′) and Trossard (87′). But the Belgian midfielder’s second attempt will be the right one: Eric Dier’s fake shot bit the dust and his pointed right foot found Lloris (90′, 1-0). In 2021-2022, Brighton will therefore never have lost in the league in London: four wins (Watford, Brentford, Arsenal, Tottenham) and three draws (Crystal Palace, West Ham and Chelsea). How to properly besiege the capital.
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