Chris Hughton should understand Spurs, he was there long enough.
Hughes certainly understands football, his CV may lack silverware but he has delivered more Herculean tasks in his time as a manager than winning half a dozen games in a row and lifting a cup.
When it comes to Forest Gate born Hughton, you’re effectively talking to a man who escaped from Alcatraz. Twice.
That sounds like an Alan Partridge line, but he’s now brought two sides out of the Championship, Newcastle United and then Brighton & Hove Albion with limited funding and in the case of Toon, limited gratitude.
Ahead of tomorrow’s big game Hughton told the Daily Mail:
‘We will have to play at a good level, we will certainly have to nullify a lot of the good strengths that they have and the threats that they have got but we’ve also got to be a threat ourselves. We can’t defend for too long a period in the game otherwise, with the quality that they’ve got, the inevitable happens so we will have to make sure that we are in the game.’
I think the Brighton gaffer is spot on.
It was in part down to Pochettino’s failure to threaten Manchester City that facilitated Pep’s win.
Have Brighton got enough about them, then?
I remain entirely unconvinced.