Matchweek 8 of the English Premier League kicks off this Saturday with an intriguing encounter between Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs are fresh off their 2:7 annihilation at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League. This result is the strongest confirmation that things in the Tottenham camp are far from ideal.
Having reached the Champions League final just four months ago, Spurs currently resemble an unmotivated side having already achieved last season what many would consider to be the top of their abilities. They are miles behind the top two clubs in the EPL – Liverpool and Man City – and everyone would agree it seems almost impossible for them to repeat their Champions League heroics again.
The players and the manager know that. And you could easily tell just by looking at their body language that some of them don’t quite want to stay at the club anymore.
Key squad member Christian Eriksen requested a transfer over the summer and was left hugely disappointed when it didn’t materialize. As a result, his motivation to perform at his best in the games is very low.
The coach – Mauricio Pochettino – also hints at a similar psychological state. It’s as if everyone knows they’ve reached their peak and it’s all downhill from there.
The destruction at the hands of Bayern Munich was just the culmination of a series of dubious performances. Spurs lost to Leicester last week, relinquished two-goal leads against their arch-rivals Arsenal and the dangerous Olympiacos, and in the process managed to record an embarrassing loss to League Two side Colchester Utd in the Carabao Cup. The 4:0 thrashing of Crystal Palace at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was just a deceiving light in the tunnel.
The international break can’t come soon enough for The Lilywhites. However, they will have to endure an early Saturday noon kick-off fixture away to Brighton.
Brighton’s results are a mixed bag since the start of the season. They haven’t got a win since scoring a comfortable 3:0 away win at Watford in Week 1. The new manager Graham Potter still doesn’t know his optimal starting XI, thus making a multitude of changes week in, week out.
There doesn’t seem to be any effect though, especially in attack. Brighton have scored only 2 goals in the last 6 Premier League games. It’s safe to say that the demolition of Watford at the start of the season is more due to how awful Watford are this year rather than how good Brighton are.
Nevertheless, a home game against a dejected Spurs side is suitable for at least a point for Albion. Sooner or later a manager with an attacking profile such as Graham Potter will nail the suitable formation in attack and Brighton are expected to score more goals on average than they have achieved thus far.
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