Indeed, Brighton successfully punished Spurs’ below-par performance through Leandro Trossard’s intelligent 90th-minute finish. It represented a huge missed opportunity for Tottenham to build on their top-four momentum as the Seagulls’ claimed their second north London scalp in a week after beating Arsenal at the Emirates the Saturday prior.
Preparations for the game were far from ideal as Conte was struck down with Covid, leaving his staff to take many of the week’s training sessions. Conte was lost for words after the match and jokingly blamed the loss on the weather. He said: “Today we did everything too slow, maybe the weather, spring, I want to find an excuse, but for sure it wasn’t a good game for us.”