Tottenham’s calamitous week went from terrible to worse as Mauricio Pochettino’s men were outclassed in a 3-0 destruction at Brighton on Saturday.
Nineteen-year-old Aaron Connolly scored twice for the Seagulls on his first Premier League start after Neal Maupay had headed Brighton into an early lead.
Four days on from a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Pochettino was searching for a reaction.
Instead, Spurs resembled a side without confidence in the wake of getting off to the worst possible start when Hugo Lloris gifted Brighton the opener and harmed himself in the process.
The France captain dropped a simple cross into the box and as he fell backwards and landed fumblingly, Maupay stooped to head into an empty net.
Lloris was stretchered off with what resembled elbow damage and supplanted by Paolo Gazzaniga.
Connolly exploited progressively generous Spurs defending and goalkeeping to double Brighton’s lead before half-time and curled in his second of the day in style 25 minutes from time.
Last season’s Champions League finalists have now won just three of their opening 11 games of the campaign and five of their last 19 going back to when these sides last met in April.
And keeping in mind that Pochettino could justifiably guarantee Bayern’s ruthlessness in midweek implied the scoreline was not a genuine impression of his side’s presentation, there was no excuse for being completely outflanked by a Brighton side that had not won in six league games.
The visitors’ were on the back foot from the off when damage was added to insult for Lloris.
The Spurs skipper was given oxygen and morphine before being taken to hospital and now seems sure to miss France’s up and coming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey.
After a protracted postponement for Lloris to be stretchered off, Brighton pushed on instead of attempting to secure their lead and were compensated just after the half hour mark.
Connolly was double the quickest to respond as he turned Dan Burn’s cross goalwards and, after Gazzaniga spilled his first exertion, the Irishman followed up for his first Premier League goal.
Tottenham have made a propensity for neglecting leads as of late against Arsenal, Olympiakos, Leicester and Bayern, however when compelled to mount a fightback themselves were discovered needing.
Pochettino sacrificed club record signing Tanguy Ndombele at half-time for Harry Winks and changed system to a 3-5-2.
In any case, as opposed to reversing the situation, it was Brighton who got the third goal to slaughter the game off.
Connolly jinked inside onto his correct foot and curled splendidly into the furthest corner to adjust off an evening that he and the Seagulls will long recall.
Son Heung-min and Harry Kane then missed enormous chances to pull a goal back that summed up Spurs’ desperate week and leaves Pochettino with bounty to consider over the up and coming fourteen day international break.