Tottenham vs Brighton Preview
Tottenham will be looking to continue their unique 100% record in the new stadium with the visit of Brighton on Tuesday.
Since moving into the their new home they have won every game and are yet to concede a goal.
Manager Mauricio believes playing in the new stadium has been an added boost: “We hope we can keep going, getting the same result,” he said. “It is going to be fantastic and it is going to be helpful for us playing in the new stadium with our fans and we hope and wish to repeat the performances of the previous results.”
Spurs were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City on Saturday, three days after knocking them out of the Champions League.
However with with top four rivals Manchester United and Arsenal losing at the weekend and Chelsea being held to a draw on Monday night against Burnley, Pochettino’s team remain in third place.
The Spurs boss has also insisted that the Champions League semi-final with Ajax will not be a distraction to his players.
We are not thinking of Ajax. We showed that [against Man City]. Now our energy is in Brighton,” he added.
“It is so clear that we have two objectives – one is to be in the top four at the end of the season and the other is to beat Ajax, but we need to go step-by-step.”
Brighton on the other-hand need the points for a much different reason with the Seasiders lingering just above the relegation zone.
Brighton drew 0-0 at Wolves on Saturday to give their survival hopes a boost.
The Seagulls are three points above 17th-placed Cardiff, who lost against Liverpool, and manager Chris Hughton wants his side to secure their top-flight status as soon as possible.
“Probably our poorest period came at the worst time, but that happens when you’re playing in a division as difficult as this one and when you are the level of club that we are.
“We have to find formulas and pull out results to get the points that we need.”