• Spurs Feeling the Heat Ahead of Seaside Trip

    Spurs For Life editor Andy Macfarlane reflects on the heat on Mauricio Pochettino, who brings his under-fire Spurs side to the Amex this weekend

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure.

    Of course, he’s not the only one, but this season was supposed to be the one that Spurs got on the trophy trail, proved they can match the long-time established big boys in the Premier League and mix it with Europe’s elite.

    By now the North Londoners should have played their first competitive 90 minutes inside their brand new 60,000 seater stadium but due to inevitable delays, the move in date remains a mystery which is causing mayhem among Tottenham fans and the fixture lists.

    Admittedly, back to back defeats to Watford and Manchester United has hardly ended any of the above dreams, but so early in the season it does show that Tottenham have plenty of weaknesses they have been unable to address.

    This is something Brighton Boss Chris Hughton will be looking to expose as the Lilywhites turn up to the Amex on Saturday evening.

    After the late turnaround in Europe in midweek Spurs have now lost three games in a row. Pochettino's men looked comfortable on their Champions League trip to face Inter Milan on Tuesday night and led late on, before two goals added to their woes.

    The defeat has added to the pressure on Pochettino. If Spurs slip to a fourth straight defeat, the pressure on the Portuguese manager will be huge and if defeat occurs it will open the door to a vast array of difficult questions no manager will be eager to face.

    Of course, there are too many ifs and buts in the football, but the fact remains that if Tottenham want to compete with the very best, they need to iron out their deficiencies quickly, as a lack of Summer signings will rapidly become the reason for the club’s failings, and rightly so.

    By contrast, Seagulls' boss Chris Hughton has made it clear that he has a different set of goals in mind for Brighton this season.

    Survival is once again the name of the game on the South Coast and the former Newcastle manager has admitted he is quite happy to endure another less than exciting season just so long as the club maintains its Premier League status.

    Dare we say it, but the goal for Hughton’s men is to establish themselves in the division and then build on their early success much like another South Coast side - Bournemouth - who are now well-regarded as a Premier League outfit and do not look out of place in the top ten.

    Only time will tell this season the fate of both Tottenham and Brighton, but both managers will be aware that there is still so much to do to secure their respective targets.

    But at least one thing is in both their favours: time.
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