Tottenham manager Antonio Conte says his side’s last-gasp loss to Brighton will be a good test of their mentality.
A week after the Seagulls beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium to give Spurs the lead in the battle for Champions League qualification, they repeated the trick when Leandro Trossard scored the winner in the 90th minute.
It puts Tottenham back in a race where they seemed to be in control and the Gunners, West Ham and Manchester United will all be buoyed by this result ahead of their games later in the weekend.
After a brilliant run of form, this was as bad a display as there has been with Conte and his lack of shooting on goal defies his fluid nature of recent weeks.
But Conte hopes this setback could be a good thing.
“I think we have to try to do much better than today. We have to know that we are in this race for the Champions League,” she said.
“I think not many people thought this, but we are in this race because we showed that we deserved to stay there. Now we have to continue. Once you are in a good position on the chart, you must maintain this position.
“It’s a good opportunity for us as well to deal with the pressure, because when you arrive and then you know you’re staying a fantastic target for you.
“You are winning the league and you are first and then you have to deal with the pressure, with the other results and I think this is a good opportunity to improve because I think this group of players needs it, right? They needed these kinds of exams to improve.
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“Without a doubt, it’s not a good result for us and a lesson we can learn today that there are games that if you can’t win, you can’t lose.
“It was very clear that today wasn’t our day but I understand that we wanted to try to get the three points because it was very important for us to get the three playing before our rivals in the race for the Champions League”.
It was another strong performance from the Seagulls, whose prospects look much brighter after back-to-back wins.
Chief Graham Potter says this victory was better than the one at Emirates Stadium and that his team has overcome “Armageddon”.
“It feels (better than the victory at Arsenal),” he said. “I think the performance was a step up, the players were amazing, the work rate, the discipline. We had good organization and attitude to defend and be brave with the ball.
“We put questions to Spurs, it wasn’t a smash and grab and we were playing against a team with some world-class players who are in a good place.
“We knew we had to be good and we were today. He deserved it, that’s my feeling. For us, a great day for the club, three points, clean sheet, not too bad since it was Armageddon about three games ago.
“It was only fair that if we beat Arsenal we had to go to Spurs and beat them.
“Three games ago it was the end of the world. The reality of Brighton in the Premier League is that you are going to have to suffer.