Not so Hot Spur
This is probably an understatement but it’s a bad bad bad week for Tottenham. After the 7-2 humiliating defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the champions league, Spurs fans and supporters alike hoped the premier league game against Brighton would be the perfect springboard for a positive reaction.
Oh boy Oh boy how wrong we were (trust me we were a mile off). Brighton hosted Spurs in the lunch time kickoff on Saturday and were gifted their first goal after another howler from Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris. The France international was taken off injured after practically giving Maupay the easiest goal he’s ever going to score in the 3rd minute of play. I sincerely hope Lloris recovers from his injuries and is back in the mix for Spurs. However, the inadvertent injury caused to Lloris may be a blessing in disguise for Pochettino as his number one keeper has been absolutely awful in recent weeks (then again the backup keeper isn’t much to write home about).
Brighton knew Tottenham were on the ropes and theirs for the taking, and Brighton did just that. They were exceptional and looked full of confidence and adventure (a far cry from how they’ve performed in the past two games). Brighton striker Connolly capped off a man of the match display with two quality goals. Ok, the first was a tap in but credit to the young striker for being alert in the box while the Spurs defence was on snooze. He gave the Tottenham back four a torrid time as he embraced his first premier league start of the campaign adding his second goal on the 65th minute (what a delightful finish it was!!).
The game ended 3-0 to Brighton and the delight and joy could be felt all around the south coast at the Falmer (Amex) stadium. The question now remains, what the hell is actually happening down at the Lane? I don’t have the answers, do you? I’ve heard some pretty crazy rumours concerning the Spurs dressing room but that’s just speculation and none of my business. Here’s hoping they get it together and get back to winning ways (the last thing we want is for Spurs to return to the dark ages of the 90s…..not good!!).
Liverpool make it 8 wins in a row in the league after a last minute winner against Leicester. Mane put the home side ahead in the 40th minute just before half time. The Reds defended well and looked good for the 3 points before Maddison leveled for Leicester in the 80th minute to silence the KOP. One could be forgiven for thinking Leicester had stopped Liverpool in their tracks but there seems to be a belief within Klopps team that just motivates them beyond believe.
Liverpool endeavoured and kept on pushing for an opportunity. Their efforts paid off when Mane was brought down in the box and awarded a penalty ( for me it definitely was a penalty although it looked soft) late in the last minute of injury time. The penalty was converted by James Milner which gave the home side all 3 points and leaving them 8 points ahead of their nearest rivals. Leicester gave a good account of themselves and could possibly finish in the top four this term. One thing is for sure, Liverpool are in pole position and should win the league.
Manchester City seemed to struggle this weekend having lost 2-0 against Wolves. Traore gave the visitors the win with two late goals in the 80 minute and 94th minute respectively. City are still second in the league after 8 games and will no doubt want a reaction in the next match. However, they have a lot of work to do if they are to stop Liverpool this season.
Aston Villa totally smashed Norwich City 5-1 whilst Chelsea beat Southampton 4-1. Chelsea have put in some noteworthy performances and their starlets Abraham and Mount seem to be delivering week in week out (that’s 8 goals in 8 games for Abraham, I’m impressed). There were also victories for Newcastle who beat Manchester United 1-0 and Arsenal who beat Bournemouth 1-0 at the emirates (David Luiz with the only goal of the game).
Bright future for Connolly!!!