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Tottenham’s lack of creativity triggers Brighton defeat – Report


Despite this, they managed to keep Spurs at arm’s length throughout.

Tottenham recent poor run of Premier League form continued on Sunday night, as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat away at relegation threatened Brighton.

Since ‘kickstarting their title bid’ with a fine 2-0 victory over Manchester City back in November, Spurs have won just three of their subsequent 11 league games.

Throughout this period, a common theme has been a frightening lack of creativity and nowhere was this more evident than against the Seagulls this weekend.


Going into the game, Brighton were perched perilously close to the drop zone.

The sooner Kane returns, the better | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

After going ahead 17 minutes in, as a result of fine team move involving Alexis Mac Allister, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard, Graeme Potter’s charges retreated into a well organised 5-4-1 out of possession.

In doing this, they were essentially challenging the opponents to break them down, a task that was well beyond Tottenham’s capabilities on Sunday. Spurs registered just one shot in the entire first half – a scrappy effort pulled wide by Steven Bergwijn – despite dominating possession. It was turgid stuff.

Things were not much better after the break either. Although the second half saw Spurs rack up seven attempts on goal – the exact same as their 17th placed opponents – they never looked like converting.


Robert Sanchez, Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk, Ben White.

Brighton were good value for their victory but Spurs barely laid a glove on them | Pool/Getty Images

Saying that, when they are chasing a lead, Tottenham are often tragic to watch.


This trend continued against Brighton as they lacked coherence, consistency and any discernible plan or patterns of play. If Spurs had prepared in training for the unthinkable possibility of going behind in a game of football, it did not look like it.

Mourinho’s selection did not help their case either. The team was packed full of players lacking quality on the ball.

Lined up to 3-4-3, wing-backs Moussa Sissoko and Ben Davies contributed next to nothing in the attacking phase, while Matt Doherty watched on from the sidelines.


Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, for all of his destructive brilliance, was also ill-suited to the task at hand. What Spurs needed was someone capable of picking the Brighton lock.

Up front, Gareth Bale was given a run out despite his recent patchy form. It was another nothing display from the forward who is increasingly looking like a signing fuelled by doe-eyed nostalgia, rather than fiscal or footballing sense.

Tottenham slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Brighton | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

That brings us to the third reason for Tottenham’s creative dirge – the absence of Harry Kane.

Just as Leicester’s reliance on another mercurial English striker was exposed earlier on Sunday, the devastating impact that Kane’s absence could have on Spurs over the next few weeks was laid bare against Brighton.


Much has been written about Kane’s development into one of country’s best creators this season, but perhaps the best endorsement of his ridiculous influence came in the form on his side’s stodgy display without him.

The England captain has been directly involved in 68% of Tottenham’s Premier League goals this season, more than any other player in the division, and it is becoming increasingly clear that his personal brilliance may have been papering over cracks in Spurs’ flawed approach earlier on in the season.



‘It took City’s solid defense’ to have defeated Brighton.


Their victory over Brighton was their seventh on the bounce, and their recent success has been built on their newfound solid defensive foundations.

A touch of class from Phil Foden coupled with Manchester City’s newfound defensive solidity proved to be the difference as Manchester City recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Brighton on Wednesday evening.

After two flawless, title-winning campaigns, Pep Guardiola’s side could hardly muster a Premier League title challenge last season, with Liverpool runaway champions – and the Citizens’ vulnerability at the back was a major contributing factor in their failure to defend their crown.

After a slightly unconvincing start to the 2020/21 campaign, City have come into a bit of form of late.


Ruben Dias – evidence to suggest that if you throw enough money at a problem it might actually go away eventually – and John Stones have forged a really nice central defensive partnership, the pair complimenting each other well. They’re assured, calm and composed – and you don’t get the fear that they’ve got a mistake in them…a concern that Stones has previously been guilty of.

The centre back pairing of Dias and Stones have kept 11 clean sheets in the 14 games they have started together. With City’s backline finally settled and sorted, they have been able to flourish going forward.


This wasn’t necessarily the case against Brighton. Having turned in sumptuous attacking performances against Chelsea and Manchester United at the beginning of January, City were slightly more subdued going forward on Wednesday evening.

This is in part a credit to Brighton, who were compact, dogged and frustrated Guardiola’s side for large periods of the game.

But this is where the class of Foden shone through.


The Manchester City youngster has not been used quite as lavishly in the Premier League as had been expected following the departure of David Silva in the summer.

However, Foden had been the beating heart of City’s recent victories over Chelsea and United, and he proved to be the match winner on Wednesday too.

The 20-year-old drifted past Joel Veltman and collected Kevin De Bruyne’s pass on the edge of the box, before getting the better of Adam Webster with a fabulous first touch.

Having singlehandedly created the space inside the area, Foden then found the bottom corner with a low, pin point effort.


It was a demonstration of Foden’s soaring importance at City, who would not have taken all three points against Brighton were it not for the England international’s moment of quality.

In this season’s most bizarre of title races, sitting four points off top spot with a game in hand, a consistent, solid defensive base and the watch-winning capabilities Foden is a pretty healthy position to be in.



Brighton confirms the signing of Adam Lallana


Brighton have confirmed the signing of former Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana on a three-year contract.

Lallana, 32, out of contract at Liverpool after joining in 2014 from Southampton, returns to the south coast having agreed a three-year contract with the Seagulls.

Brighton boss Graham Potter told the club’s official website: “Adam is a really exciting signing for us, someone I’m sure the supporters will be really looking forward to seeing play as and when things are able to begin to return to normal.

“To have both his experience and quality out on the pitch will be a great addition for us, and I know he will be an excellent role model for our younger players in the squad.”

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Final score: Brighton 0-5 Mancity


Game is over and the final score is Brighton 0-5 Man City. Here is the match report.

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Sterling (21′)
Jesus (44′)
Sterling (53′)
Bernardo (56′)
Sterling (81′)

Match Events

0′ Players are warming up before the game

0′ Players stand in slient tribute for Jack Charlton

3′ Eric Garcia makes an important clearance

17′ Mendy’s powerful shot inches wide

21′ GOAL! Brighton 0-1 Man City (Sterling)

33′ Jesus’s header flies into the stands


36′ Nearly! Jesus hits the Cross-Bar!


38′ CLOSE! Mahrez’s shot just wide out

44′ GOAL! Brighton 0-2 Man City (Jesus)

51′ POST! De Bruyne’s free-kick almost score

53′ GOAL! Brighton 0-3 Man City (Sterling)

56′ GOAL! Brighton 0-4 Man City (Bernardo)

63′ Triplet Subs! David Silva & Zinchenko & Foden in

72′ Last Change! Fernandinho & Stones replace Rodri & Eric Garcia

78′ CLOSE! Mahrez hits the side-nets

81′ GOAL! Brighton 0-5 Man City (Sterling)



Brighton XI: Webster, Gross, Propper, Mooy, Dunk, Ryan, Montoya, Trossard, Bernardo, Bissouma, Connolly

Subs: Button, Murray, Stephens, Duffy, Burn, Jahanbakhsh, Maupay, Mac Allister, T. Lamptey

Man City XI: Walker, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Mendy, Laporte, Ederson, Bernardo, Jesus, Rodri, Eric Garcia

Subs: Carson, David Silva, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Stones, Zinchenko, Foden, C. Palmer, Doyle.

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The line-ups of Brighton vs Man City have been announced.

Brighton XI: Webster, Gross, Propper, Mooy, Dunk, Ryan, Montoya, Trossard, Bernardo, Bissouma, Connolly

Subs: Button, Murray, Stephens, Duffy, Burn, Jahanbakhsh, Maupay, Mac Allister, T. Lamptey

Man City XI: Walker, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Mendy, Laporte, Ederson, Bernardo, Jesus, Rodri, Eric Garcia

Subs: Carson, David Silva, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Stones, Zinchenko, Foden, C. Palmer, Doyle.

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Final score : Brighton 1-3 Liverpool


Thanks to a fast start against Brighton, Liverpool recorded their first triumph away from Anfield since February 15 on the south coast.

Match Reports

Liverpool ended a five-game winless run on the road as Mohamed Salah scored twice in a 3-1 triumph over Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday.

Salah and Jordan Henderson were on target inside the opening eight minutes as the Premier League champions quickly seized control on the south coast, albeit they were helped out by their opponents.

While a first away victory since a 1-0 success at Norwich City on February 15 was made trickier by Leandro Trossard’s fine goal before break, Salah made sure of all three points when he headed in at a corner.


Match Events

6′ GOAL! Brighton 0-1 Liverpool (Salah)

Well, that didn’t take long! Brighton are caught trying to play out from the back and Ryan passes to Propper, only for the midfielder to be caught on the ball by Keita, who squares for Salah to curl emphatically into the bottom-left corner! It’s 1-0 to Liverpool!

8′ GOAL! Brighton 0-2 Liverpool (Henderson)

Brighton don’t learn from their mistake and try to play out from the back again. Keita wins the ball once more, this time in midfield, and finds Firmino, who gets it forward to Salah. The Egyptian rolls back to Henderson on the edge of the box and the Liverpool captain hits a looping shot that flies past Ryan and in!


31′ Firmino’s shot too weakly

Keita wins the ball in an advanced area once again and plays it forward to Salah. He switches the play to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who cuts inside but finds his route to goal blocked. Instead, he plays a clever reverse pass into Firmino in the centre of the area, but he can’t get a shot away and goes down, but nothing is given.

45′ GOAL! Brighton 1-2 Liverpool (Trossard)

It’s no less than the hosts deserve as they’ve been growing in this game. Lamptey bursts down the right and curls in a sumptuous cross that Trossard meets on the volley and fires emphatically past Alisson! It’s 2-1 now!

76′ GOAL! Brighton 1-3 Liverpool (Salah)

Robertson sends a corner in and Salah gets away from Lamptey to nod home at the near post! Potter will be disappointed to see his side concede in that manner. It’s 3-1 to Liverpool!



Brighton XI: Webster, Stephens, Gross, Propper, Burn, Dunk, Ryan, Trossard, Maupay, Mac Allister, T. Lamptey

Subs: Button, Murray, Duffy, Mooy, Montoya, Jahanbakhsh, Bernardo, Bissouma, Connolly

Liverpool XI: Wijnaldum, Henderson, Alisson, Firmino, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Alexander-Arnold, Neco Williams

Subs: Milner, Adrian, Minamino, Mane, Origi, Fabinho, Robertson, Curtis Jones, Elliott.

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Brighton 0-3 Man Utd, Match Reports, Highlights and Starting Xi


Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes were on target as Manchester United stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight games.

Match Reports

Manchester United’s push for a top-four spot continued on Tuesday as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.

United wasted little time stamping their authority on the game as strikes from Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes put them two up before the half-hour mark.

Greenwood was the provider for Fernandes’ second after 50 minutes as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side made it eight games unbeaten in the Premier League.

Match Events

12′ CLOSE! Fernandes’ long shot hits the post

Solskjaer’s side work the ball neatly down the right-hand side before the ball is fed inside to Pogba. The Frenchman lifts his head up and slides a pass to his left for Fernandes, who strikes the post with a well-struck shot from distance.


16′ GOAL! Brighton 0-1 Man Utd (Greenwood)

Wan-Bissaka plays a clever ball inside for Greenwood who drives at the heart of the Brighton defence. The youngster knocks the ball onto his left foot, before striking through the legs of Dunk and into the bottom right corner from the centre of the area.

21′ Fernandes’ free kick over the bar

Fernandes steps up to take the set-piece, but sends his right-footed effort wide to the left of Ryan’s goal.

29′ GOAL! Brighton 0-2 Man Utd (Bruno Fernandes)

The visitors double their lead! A one-two between Shaw and Rashford results in a low cross being poorly dealt with by Brighton. The loose ball falls to Pogba on the edge of the box, who tees it up to Fernandes, before the Portuguese international curls an effort into the bottom right corner from the edge of the box.


50′ GOAL! Brighton 0-3 Man Utd (Bruno Fernandes)

The away side break with real pace down the left-hand side of the field. Greenwood gets the ball under control and clips a dangerous cross in towards the back post. Fernandes arrives and volleys the delivery beyond Ryan from the middle of the box.

69′ De Gea makes a decent save

Following the water break, Brighton come out looking to force the issue. Trossard plays a forward pass to Connelly, who gets the ball out of his feet and curls one towards goal. De Gea is quickly over to his left to tip the shot over the bar when it looked destined for the top corner.

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2-1: Tottenham revenge Chelsea’s win as they home trash Brighton.

Dele Alli got Tottenham back on track as the England midfielder capped a gritty escape act with the late winner in Thursday’s 2-1 victory against Brighton.

Jose Mourinho’s side were in danger of a second successive Premier League defeat when Adam Webster headed Brighton into a shock lead at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

But Harry Kane equalised after the interval and Alli finished off a flowing Tottenham move in the closing stages to erase the bitter taste of last weekend’s acrimonious London derby loss to Chelsea.

Avenging their defeat at Brighton in October, Tottenham, unbeaten in Boxing Day fixtures since 2003, have won three of their last four league games as they try to climb into the top four.

That Chelsea setback was completely overshadowed by the alleged racist abuse of Blues defender Antonio Rudiger by Tottenham fans after his role in Son Heung-min’s red card.

Amid widespread calls for stronger action to stamp out racism in football, Tottenham fans appeared to behave better this time.

Initially, there were worrying signs for Mourinho on the field however as Steven Alzate escaped Moussa Sissoko, making space for a low strike that drifted just wide.

Since Mourinho’s first game in charge of Tottenham, no Premier League team had conceded more goals than the 14 his side allowed across all competitions heading into this round of matches.

Those defensive frailties were on display when Alzate lost his marker and forced Paulo Gazzaniga into a sprawling save, while Aaron Mooy went close from the edge of the area.

Kane has a knack of scoring on Boxing Day and the Tottenham striker thought he had netted again when he fired home from Winks’ pass, but the goal went to a VAR review and was ruled out by the narrowest of offside decisions.

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Brighton made the most of that let-off to take the lead in the 37th minute.

Pascal Gross swung over a free-kick and Webster rose above Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez to plant a powerful header past Gazzaniga for his third goal of the season.

Mourinho must have been furious that Tottenham wilted against such a simple set-piece and his team’s record of one clean-sheet in his nine matches suggests a defender could be high on his January shopping list.

Underlining the urgency to address that problem area, Brighton’s Bernardo forced Gazzaniga to save from a corner moments later to the audible frustration of the Tottenham crowd on a dank, wet day in north London.

Mourinho, standing rain-soaked on the touchline, revealed before the game that his Christmas was ruined by the death of his family’s pet Yorkshire Terrier.

But Kane put a smile back on his manager’s face in the 53rd minute when he seized on a deflection off Lucas Moura after the Brazilian’s determined run.

Drilling a shot that Mat Ryan could only push back out, Kane gobbled up the rebound with a clinical finish for his eighth goals in five Premier League games on Boxing Day.

Kane’s 16th club goal this season was not immediately a catalyst for a Tottenham surge and Gazzaniga had to be alert to keep out Gross’s fierce free-kick.

But Mourinho made a significant switch when he sent on Christian Eriksen for Harry Winks, who moments before was lucky to escape a red card for a foul when he had already been booked.

Eriksen made an immediate impact in the 72nd minute when he floated a delicate pass to Serge Aurier who flicked the ball into the path of Alli, who guided a superb lofted finish over Ryan.


Jose Mourinho stays at the training ground over night to prepare Tottenham for Burnley.

…After a defeat you cannot be sad

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says he slept at the club’s training ground to prepare for Saturday’s match against Burnley.

The Portuguese stayed at Hotspur Way in Enfield after his side were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United on his return to his former club.

Mourinho felt that the dressing room was a “sad” place following the loss.

“After a defeat you cannot be sad. You have to be more than that. You have to be raging, angry, not sad,” he said.

Mourinho reportedly slept at the training ground before he was appointed manager during his negotiations with Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy, reports the BBC.

The defeat at Old Trafford was Tottenham’s first under Mourinho.

His side host 12th-placed Burnley at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend.

“I didn’t go home, so the next morning at eight o’clock I was here doing what? Burnley,” Mourinho said.

“Analysing Burnley, trying to organise the training session, trying to organise the meeting, choosing the clips to show them the most clear possible way Burnley works.

“That’s the way you have to do it in football. Don’t accept in a passive way.”

Tottenham are eighth in the Premier League with five wins, five losses and five draws this season.

“It’s obvious we have problems but we have players with quality, a great human dressing room,” Mourinho added.

“I like the guys very much but we need to change that feeling of feeling sorry about our mistakes and feeling sad with our bad results.”



Virgil Van Dijk Strikes Celebrates His Goal As 10 Man Liverpool Trash Brighton.

A first-half brace from Virgil van Dijk lifted Liverpool 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League in a 2-1 win over Brighton that was filled with drama after the sending off of home goalkeeper Alisson.

The Brazilian was dismissed on 76 minutes as he raced out of his area to handle an attempted chip by Brighton substitute Leandro Trossard.

Spanish replacement Adrian came on but his first act was to pick the ball out of the net as Lewis Dunk rolled the free-kick past the Liverpool wall and an unprepared goalkeeper.

The loss in midweek of influential midfielder Fabinho had taken the gloss off a successful period for Jurgen Klopp’s side, with an ankle injury ruling the Brazilian out for six weeks.

But the mood around Anfield before kick-off was certainly lifted when news came through from the north-east that their rivals Manchester City had unexpectedly dropped two points at Newcastle.

It did not take long for that mood to improve still further as Liverpool set about their task of attempting to move 11 points clear of Pep Guardiola’s side, the defending champions and the team still seen as their greatest challengers.

It took 18 minutes for Klopp’s men to take a deserved lead after Pascal Gross fouled Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain outside the Brighton area.

Trent Alexander-Arnold floated in the perfect free-kick and van Dijk rose powerfully above Adam Webster to head in his second goal of the season and first since the opening day of the season.

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It did not take as long for van Dijk to wait for his third of the season — six minutes to be precise — as Brighton failed to learn from conceding the opener and allowed the same combination to double the lead.

This time it was from a left-wing corner as Alexander-Arnold delivered a perfect centre and the Dutch defender rose magnificently to beat Dunk and power a bullet header past a helpless Mat Ryan.

In between, van Dijk might have found the back of the net again, only this time his own, as he sliced a Davy Propper cross that flew inches wide of Liverpool’s far post.

But that was a rare moment of respite for Brighton, whose poor set-piece defending had left them facing a near-impossible task against a Liverpool side unbeaten in home league games since Crystal Palace beat them in April 2017, 951 days ago.

Ryan had already made three key saves to keep his side in contention, two from Roberto Firmino and another from Sadio Mane.

But, as the half progressed, there were moments of concern for a Liverpool side without a clean sheet in 11 games.

Jordan Henderson filled the absent Fabinho’s holding midfield position although he could not prevent the visitors from creating a couple of glorious openings late in the half as Propper was denied by Alisson and Dunk missed the target, unmarked, from 12 yards.

There were similar glimmers of hope for the visitors early in the second half, Dunk glancing a header wide and Aaron Connolly shooting straight at Alisson before Liverpool began to threaten on the counter-attack.

In the late drama that followed Alisson’s dismissal, Brighton pressed for an equaliser.

Adrian saved well from Aaron Mooy but almost fumbled a header from Gross into his own goal.