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Published: 23:16 | 20/9/18

Hughton wary of wounded Tottenham


Brighton manager Chris Hughton fears a Tottenham backlash in Saturday's Premier League match at the Amex Stadium.

Tottenham have lost their last three matches, against Watford, Liverpool, and Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League defeat to Inter Milan, the first time Spurs have lost three consecutive games in all competitions under Mauricio Pochettino. 

And Hughton, who played for Tottenham between 1977 and 1990 and spent 14 years as a coach at White Hart Lane, says his former club are likely to be extra-motivated for Saturday's match, which will be shown live on BT Sport 1 on the eir sport pack [Coverage begins 5pm].

"I think as manager of the club that's playing against them, I think my responsibility is to warn the team that these are a team that don't lose many games and by their standards are having a more difficult time," the 59-year-old told the Argus.

"And that's the time perhaps when they are at their most dangerous.

"They've got great, great quality; we know that we'll have to play at a really good level to get something from the game."

Pochettino has been criticised by some Tottenham supporters for his team selection in Milan, in particular the decision to start Ivory Coast full-back Serge Aurier and Colombia centre-half Davinson Sanchez at the San Siro in place of England right-back Kieran Trippier and Belgium centre-back Toby Alderweireld.

But Hughton says dealing with such criticism is part of the job description for a manager at a top-six Premier League club.

"What I see at Tottenham at the moment are the normal things that happen in football and there are different levels," said Hughton.

"The expectations of managing a team in the top six are different to anywhere else.

"Yes, they win more games than the rest of us but the expectations are higher.

"When any team in the top six goes through a period, whether that's a couple of games or they lose a Champions League game, they are going to be in the spotlight a little more than we are here at Brighton.

"What generally happens, because of the quality they've got, they come out of that one and in a few weeks time it's somebody else's turn, so we never read too much into that.

"They have got top-quality players and on any given day they can turn it on."

Romanian striker Florin Andone could make his Brighton debut in Saturday's match, and Colombian midfielder Jose Izquierdo could feature for the first time this season, but German midfielder Pascal Gross remains sidelined through injury.

Tottenham's Premier League clash against Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, 22 September will be shown live on BT Sport 1 on the eir sport pack [Coverage begins 5pm].

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