Tottenham boss Antonio Conte jokingly uses weather as excuse for Brighton loss | Soccer | sport

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has reacted after his side crumbled following a disappointing 1-0 loss to Brighton on Saturday. Leandro Trossard scored the game’s only goal in north London to deal a blow to Spurs’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season. That’s now Arsenal’s advantage in the race for the top four with just a few games to go.

Tottenham entered the game against Brighton hoping to continue their fine form, having won every game since a 3-2 loss to Manchester United last month.

But Spurs were dismal against Brighton and lost it in the closing stages when Trossard struck to send the fans on a visit.

It means Tottenham now face a huge fight to qualify for next season’s Champions League, especially with Arsenal keeping them in the table.

And Conte was disappointed with Tottenham’s performance that day, even admitting he would try to use the weather as an excuse for their chaotic performance.

“We started very slowly, in this type of game, a tactical game, you have to move the ball quickly, you have to try to find the right space and attack the goal,” he said.

“Today we did everything too slowly, maybe the weather, the spring, I want to find an excuse, but for sure it wasn’t a good match for us.”

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On the game itself, he added: “A tough game, a tough game.

“We knew that and I had seen the game against Arsenal and I knew what could happen today from a tactical point of view. It was a very tactical game, side to side.

“I think in the end a draw was the fairest end result, but in the end it was Brighton who won the game and they deserved it.

“They deserve to win, it was a tough game for us.”

And on the lessons to be learned, he continued: “I said before it was a tactical game, Brighton were good at closing space, and counter-attacking, moving the ball faster than us in possession.

“But for sure this type of game, you understand that you can win, you are not to lose.

The winner of the match against Brighton, Trossard, meanwhile, was delighted that his side were able to claim victory.

“Tottenham are a great team and beating Tottenham and Arsenal is great,” he said.

“We created a few chances and I think it’s a deserved win.”

Jermaine Jenas believes Tottenham deserved to lose that day and praised Brighton for their display.

“They were the better team and much more energetic,” said the BT Sport pundit.

“They came here with a plan and executed it perfectly.

“Spurs had no shots on target today. One of the biggest things was that there was no space anywhere on the pitch.

“Usually you see Spurs running behind and Harry Kane as a whole, but there really was nowhere anyone could operate.”

On Tottenham in particular, he added: “They didn’t come at all.

“They’ve been brilliant for several weeks and every once in a while you’re going to come across a performance that you don’t quite understand.

“There was no energy and the best players didn’t come.

“When you play against a team like Brighton, you’re going to get caught.”