Harry Kane’s goal was enough for Tottenham to clinch all three points in an away contest. The match was also emotional for Antonio Conte, who lost a legend.
Before the kick-off, there was a minute’s applause in memory of the Tottenham fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone, who died suddenly on Thursday.
Conte was very emotional as he had worked with him for much of his career, as a player and coach. So close were the two, it was no surprise to see the Spurs manager wiping away tears during the tribute.
At the Spur’s end, the visiting supporters waved Italian flags in Ventrone’s honor. And the players duly responded, perfectly executing Conte’s game plan. One which, in many ways, was built on the fitness Ventrone had established at the club.
Roberto De Zerbi, the new Brighton boss who replaced Graham potter, gave his tribute after the game to Ventrone’s abiding influence on the Italian contests.
Conte and De Zerbi had met before in four Serie A matches when he was in charge of Sassuolo and Conte at Inter. He never won any of those matches.
Conte’s men were constantly in Brighton’s faces, giving them no chance to hold possession, as they attacked with vigor.
Brighton, unbeaten in their previous seven outings at the Amex, were quick to seek parity. Lewis Dunk headed just over from a corner, Solly March fired wide and both Caicedo and Danny Welbeck had smart shots saved by Hugo Lloris.
After his epic hat trick against Liverpool last weekend, Leandro Trossard barely had a touch on the ball. The Spurs midfielders held it down in the center pitch.
When Brighton surged forward, even the defenders went up the field, leaving the team open to a Tottenham charge that could create problems.
In the 22nd minute, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane combined to score a Premier League goal for the 43rd time, the most of any duo in the competition’s history.
Antonio Conte is now unbeaten in all seven of his Premier League matches against fellow Italian managers (W6 D1) and has seen his sides keep clean sheets in four of their last five such games.
Tottenham has also secured their position for the week, ahead of Chelsea and Newcastle.