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Tottenham 1-0 Brighton – Premier League Matchweek 35 Review

It was a fantastic week all in all for Tottenham, even though we actually lost both games, we were back home to face relegation-battling Brighton. After what was an expected loss and throw away game to Man City, all other results went in our favour. Man U, Arsenal lost and Chelsea drew, so this was a huge game and a big chance to gain points. But as I always think, teams fighting relegation are always some of the hardest games to play, especially if they set-up correctly.

Our lineup was a strong one, and a very attacking one. We started the game with basically all our attacking options, Dele, Eriksen, Son, Lucas and Llorente. I would comment on the defence but to be honest we wouldn’t have even needed them really, as I will go on to explain.

So it was very clear from the get go what Brighton’s plans were, park 11 men behind the ball and defend for 90 minutes for a point. And it was down to us to break them down, or attempt to as we did for 88 minutes.

This review actually can’t be too long as all in all this was a relatively boring game. Filled with us attacking them, and them defending. The first half was frustrating for us, as we just had to find a way to break them down, and as hard as it is to say you have to credit them for how well they did defend. We barely had any significant touches in their area and had one or two good chances. Dele almost scored and a couple of long shots required good saves from Ryan. But nevertheless it remained goalless at the interval.

We came out second half unchanged, to my surprise. However there wasn’t really much we could bring on! Vincent Janssen was our best option on the bench, and he hasn’t made an appearance in ages! But we continued to push, and push, and push. Brighton, to their credit as I said before, defended really well all game. It was literally attack against defence all game long, and it was hopefully just a matter of time for the ever-frustrated fans in attendance, including myself…

But, when it seemed all hope was lost, Christian Eriksen came up with a beautiful strike for outside the area, smashing the ball with his left foot into the bottom right corner, beating Matt Ryan. The stadium erupted, and it was enough to seal the three points late on against a defiant Brighton. A massive three points, particularly because Man U and Arsenal went on to lose the following evening.

We now sit 3rd in the league with a three point gap. No more games in hand to play, it is an all out race now for the top 4. However I think if we win this weekend against our London rivals in West Ham, I think top 4 will all but be sealed. And hopefully we can do this so it’s then all focus on our first leg of the Champions League semis against Ajax next week! After West Ham we have Bournemouth (A) and Everton (H), which means in my eyes, top 4, and more importantly Champions League football in our first full season at the new stadium should be within our reach.

So it’s on to the weekend, and hopefully another win, which would give us some good momentum before the massive first leg on Tuesday…

And just on a side note, it was great to see Vincent Janssen back in a Spurs shirt, I would honestly like to see him have a little run in to end the season, and maybe even start this weekend. I would like to see him given a little chance to end the season, but all in all I am happy to see our number 9 back in lilywhite colours.

As always thanks for reading.

Macaully

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