Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton is wary of the threat posed by Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon, and wants to avoid being on the receiving end of a reaction from Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Spurs have lost their last three games in all competitions, most recently losing 2-1 away at Inter Milan, but Hughton dismissed the notion that it’s a good time to face the north Londoners.
He said, “As manager, it’s my responsibility to remind the players that this team don’t lose many games.
“By their standards, they are having a more difficult time, but that’s when they’re at their most dangerous.
“They’ve got great quality; we know that we’ll have to be at a good level to get something from the game.
“When you’re up against that sort of quality, it’s about exploiting any of their weaknesses, but also being aware of the quality they have to hurt us if we’re not playing well enough.”
The Seagulls boss paid tribute to opposing number Pochettino, and how the club has developed during the Argentine’s four years at the club.
“He’s a top manager and he has had a number of top-quality players who have been developed and brought in during his time as manager.
“They had something like nine players involved in the latter stages of the World Cup, and that’s because of the quality they have and the performances they’ve shown at club level.”
Hughton also spoke about the mentality needed to face a top-six club and feels his players can take encouragement from their recent displays against Liverpool and Manchester United.
“When you’re up against a top six side, there is still that bit of nervousness because you know how good they can be, and if you get it wrong, then you can get beaten by a big scoreline.
“If I look at the two top-six sides we’ve played this season, I thought we fared well against both of them.
“I’d like to think there’s more confidence in the side playing a top six club, but that doesn’t take away the apprehension that you need to make sure you get it right.”