Murray sent packing from Madrid Open

first_imgWorld number one Andy Murray crashed out of the Madrid Open in the third round on Thursday to 20-year-old Borna Coric in straight sets (6-3 6-3).The Briton, who was thrashed 6-3 6-1 by the Croatian in the Dubai Championships in 2015, performed poorly in the first set and after recovering in the second he then surrendered his serve in the seventh game, giving Coric three break points.World No. 59 Coric, who won his first ATP title earlier this year in the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, took the second break point to serve out for the match, sending last year’s finalist and two-time Madrid winner Murray packing.“It feels great, I don’t know how I did it but I played perfect during the game and I’m very happy about it,” Coric told Television Espanola.“I couldn’t imagine this when I woke up this morning, I always believed but I wasn’t sure how I was going to play, but in the end I played as I had dreamed.”World No. 2 Novak Djokovic also reached the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open on Thursday with a straight set victory (6-4 7-5) over Feliciano Lopez.Djokovic, who won the tournament last year, had fewer problems against the 35-year-old Spaniard than in his three-set second round test with Nicolas Almagro a day earlier, taking the first set 6-4 before breaking in the 12th game of the second to avoid a tie-break.Rain in the Spanish capital meant the roof on the Manolo Santana court was closed for the game, slowing down Lopez’s powerful serve to the advantage of the Serb, who recently split from his long-term coach Marian Vajda.Djokovic joins David Goffin in the quarter-finals after the Belgian beat Milos Raonic 6-4 6-2, along with Kei Nishikori, who saw off David Ferrer of Spain 6-4 6-3.Crowd-favourite Rafael Nadal, the only remaining Spaniard in the tournament, plays Australian Nick Kyrgios later on Thursday.last_img read more

BLUES SUFFER SHOOTOUT LOSS IN SUDBURY

first_img Watch Live Full Schedule Roster The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey team fell 2-1 to the Laurentian Voyageurs on Saturday, October 20 in Sudbury, Ont.HOW IT HAPPENED: The Voyageurs opened the scoring on the powerplay 7:04 into the first period as Nicolas Dionne found the back of the net. Toronto responded four minutes later though as Joey Manchurek sent a nice pass to Kevin Lavoie, who made no mistake on the partial breakaway. The goal marked Lavoie’s first as a Varsity Blue.The two teams remained deadlocked through regulation and overtime. Laurentian’s Jacob Smith scored the lone goal in the shootout to seal the home team’s victory.Second-year Blues netminder Frederic Foulem made 32 saves in the loss.UP NEXT: The Blues return home next Friday, October 26 as they host the McGill Redmen at Varsity Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Next Game: McGill University 10/26/2018 | 7:00 p.m. Matchup Historycenter_img Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Tweeting Cole risks sanction over FA criticism

first_img0Shares0000PARIS, France, October 5 – Chelsea defender Ashley Cole on Friday risked a Football Association sanction and his England team place after strongly criticising the governing body’s ruling into the John Terry-Anton Ferdinand racism case.Cole hit out after the FA published a 63-page written judgment on its website thefa.com into the disciplinary case against his Stamford Bridge team-mate that saw him banned for four matches and fined 22,000 pounds ($356,722, 276,000 euros).The ruling highlights what it said were “issues and inconsistencies” in Cole’s evidence about what he initially said he heard QPR defender Ferdinand say to Terry and his later statements. On his Twitter account, @TheRealAC3, he wrote: “Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFTWATS.”Cole later deleted his offensive tweet, but only after it was re-tweeted more than 19,000 times.Terry, who has 14 days to appeal the ruling, was cleared in a criminal case of a racially aggravated public order offence for allegedly using a racial slur against Ferdinand during Chelsea’s match away to QPR at Loftus Road on October 23 last year.The FA ban will not come into force until the appeals procedure is complete.The ruling states that Terry’s defence that he had not racially abused Ferdinand was “improbable, implausible and contrived” and there was “no credible basis” for him to say that he had only repeated words that he thought Ferdinand had claimed he said.Instead, the independent panel ruled that they were satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the former England captain intended the words to be an insult.Terry, 31, has previously said he was disappointed by the FA ruling and announced his retirement from international football, arguing that by pursuing a disciplinary case after he had been cleared by a court, his future selection was “untenable”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

More FIFA officials arrested as scandal widens

first_imgA source inside FIFA, who requested anonymity, told AFP that the two officials targeted were South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) president Juan Angel Napout, and Alfredo Hawit, head of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).Both are suspected of taking millions of dollars in bribes in return for selling marketing rights for major regional tournaments in Latin America and World Cup qualifying matches, the Swiss Justice ministry said in a statement.The arrests were carried out at the five-star Baur au Lac hotel, a favourite of FIFA’s officials, and the same spot where seven top football executives were arrested in May on suspicion of involvement in tens of millions of dollars of corruption dating back decades.The New York Times, which broke the news of the fresh arrests, said Swiss authorities descended on the hotel at around 6:00 am (0500 GMT).Swiss officials have not confirmed the identities of the newest suspects, but said they would do so by day’s end.The arrests were the latest in a series of actions targeting FIFA’s senior leadership.The body’s long-time president Sepp Blatter, the subject of criminal investigation in Switzerland, has been suspended for 90-days and is facing tougher punishment by FIFA’s internal ethics watchdog.The man who had been tipped to succeed him at a special election in February, European football chief Michel Platini, has also been suspended and could be hit with a lifetime ban from football by the end of the month.As the latest suspects were taken into custody, FIFA’s remaining leadership was set for a second day of crucial meetings on approving a reform package aimed at repairing world football’s tainted global image.FIFA said it would press ahead with that meeting.In a statement, FIFA also said it was “aware of the actions taken today by the US Department of Justice.”It vowed to “continue to cooperate fully with the US investigation as permitted by Swiss law as well as with the investigation being led by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General.”The Times cited several law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity as saying that the US Justice Department would unseal indictments in the case later on Thursday.– Millions in bribes -The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ), as the ministry is known, said it had ordered Zurich police to detain the two individuals “based on arrest requests submitted by the United States Department of Justice on 29 November 2015.”The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, suspects the two “of accepting bribes of millions of dollars,” the FOJ statement said.“Some of the offences were agreed and prepared in the USA. Payments were also processed via US banks,” the FOJ further said.If confirmed that they are the ones being held, Napout of Paraguay and Hawit, a native of Honduras, will both be facing extradition to the US, which could be approved “immediately” if neither suspect challenges the transfer, the FOJ said.– Reform discussions –The arrests, and the meeting on reforms, come on the fifth anniversary of the 2010 vote that controversially awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.That decision set off a cascade of allegations of corruption and skullduggery.Before his suspension, Blatter appointed prominent sporting official Francois Carrard to come up with a set of changes aimed at overhauling FIFA’s management structure.In October, Carrard’s reform panel proposed limiting president terms at 12 years and barring those over 74 from serving on the executive. It also suggested the pay package of top officials be published annually and independently audited.FIFA’s executive committee was on Thursday due to decide whether to send the reform package for adoption at the congress in February.Meanwhile, a FIFA source who requested anonymity said the executive committee had been considering expanding the World Cup from 32 teams to 40 in 2026, seen as part of an effort to broaden inclusion.But executive committee member Wolfgan Niersbach said the body had failed to agree on the matter, putting the decision off until a later date.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A police car pictured in front of the entrance of the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich December 3, 2015, where Swiss authorities have conducted an early-morning operation to arrest several FIFA football officials The Swiss government said two FIFA officials were detained in Zurich on December 3 ,confirming reports of newarrests in the broadening FIFA scandal, and said they were suspected of accepting millions of dollars in bribes. PHOTO/AFPZURICH, December 3- The unprecedented corruption scandal engulfing FIFA widened Thursday with the arrests of two more top officials in another dramatic dawn raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich.Swiss authorities again acted on a request from the US justice department, a repeat of the sweeping arrests in May that set off the scandal which has shaken world football’s governing body to its core.last_img read more

Countrywide cuts 500 jobs

first_img Countrywide said last Thursday it had borrowed $11.5 billion so it could keep making home loans. The developments left many Countrywide Bank customers frazzled over the security of their deposits. Many have converged on bank branches in search of answers. The lobby of a branch in West Los Angeles was packed Monday with nervous people waiting to speak with bank officers to make sure their assets were safe. “It is worse for people who are senior citizens,” said customer Ruben Krakauer, 68. “If something should go wrong … they don’t have enough time to make up for their losses. How many people would hire me?” Some customers came away feeling confident about leaving their money at Countrywide Bank. “Everything I’ve got is federally insured,” said Jim Maurer, 59. “I don’t think there’s going to be any problem with Countrywide.” Examiners from the Office of Thrift Supervision, the main federal regulator of thrifts, have been on site consistently at Countrywide’s corporate offices since its bank converted to a thrift charter in March, said Bill Ruberry, a spokesman for the agency. He said that was common practice by the agency regarding large institutions, whether the thrifts are new or have been operating for a long time. His office is “monitoring its situation with Countrywide very closely,” Ruberry said. Countrywide shares fell $1.62, or more than 7 percent, to $19.81 Monday after rising 13 percent on Friday. The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $15 to $45.26. Countrywide is the largest mortgage lender by volume, accounting for more than 13 percent of the loan servicing market as of June 30, according to the mortgage industry publication Inside Mortgage Finance. The mortgage lending industry has been grappling with a spike in mortgage defaults and foreclosures as the housing market has cooled. Many homebuyers have been forced into default or foreclosure because they haven’t been able to sell their homes or end up owing more than their home is worth. Like other lenders, Countrywide has also tightened its credit guidelines and stopped selling some types of adjustable rate loans.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Calabasas-based company also tried to reassure its banking customers that their money was safe. Countrywide ran full-page ads in U.S. newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and Detroit Free Press, in which it asserted “the future is bright” at Countrywide Bank FSB. The ads noted that the bank has more than $100 billion in assets and investment-grade ratings from three major credit agencies, and that the credit woes rocking its mortgage lending business don’t affect federally insured deposits at its 105 financial centers around the nation. It’s a message Countrywide has tried to get across since last week, when a Wall Street analyst suggested the company could end up in bankruptcy if the liquidity crunch sparked by rising mortgage defaults worsens. “For the next several weeks, months, whatever it takes, we’re going to try to reassure folks that we’re growing and we’re a solid company,” Countrywide Financial spokesman Daniel Weidman said. Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation’s largest mortgage lender, said Monday it had eliminated about 500 jobs as it tries to ride out problems from a credit crunch that has rocked the home loan industry. The company said the cuts came in the subprime lending unit of its Wholesale Lending Division and its Full Spectrum Lending unit, which handles mortgages given to customers with minor credit problems or who can’t provide full income documentation required for traditional prime loans. “Approximately 500 positions have been eliminated across the country. The company will monitor market changes and production levels on an ongoing basis and respond as appropriate,” Countrywide said in a prepared statement. Countrywide employs more than 60,000 people.last_img read more

Manson Family disciple denied parole again

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A one-time Manson Family disciple convicted in connection with two killings in 1969 was denied parole today. A parole board panel meeting at the California Men’s Colony at San Luis Obispo decided Bruce Davis should next be eligible for parole in 2008. This is the 25th time Davis has been denied parole. Davis, now in his 60s, was convicted along with others in the stabbing death of musician Gary Hinman in his Topanga Canyon home and the slaying of Donald “Shorty” Shea. Shea’s remains were later found buried near the Spahn movie ranch in Chatsworth, where Manson and his disciples lived. Davis was not involved with other Manson followers in the 1969 murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate, grocery store chain owner Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary. Manson and his co-defendants have repeatedly been denied parole — with Manson losing his latest parole bid on May 23 and Leslie Van Houten being denied parole last Thursday. last_img read more

Seahawks return to new stadium

first_imgBy Paul Clinton STAFF WRITER After two years of home-away-from-home games at San Pedro High, Los Angeles Harbor College’s vagabond Seahawks at last return to their Wilmington home this week. Come Saturday, the ‘Hawks will line up against the Long Beach City College Vikings on a new synthetic-turf field – the centerpiece of the community college’s athletic renaissance. Pigskin won’t be the only type of football to be played at Seahawk Stadium. The men’s and women’s soccer team also will play 14 home games each on the turf. The renovation of Seahawk Stadium is one element of a $5.35 million campaign to improve the ball fields at Harbor College, which opened in 1949. The two-year college is spending $201.4million to enhance and modernize a campus once derided by students as “Harbor High.” With the new turf, contractor USS Cal Builders also constructed a 1,500-spectator grandstand and concession stand, revamped the restrooms and added new lights. The scoreboard was paid for by the college’s Associated Student Organization. The football field was mostly completed a year ago, when the football team began using it for scrimmages. But completion was delayed when California’s Division of the State Architect asked for a redesign on the grid lighting on the south end of the stadium. The state asked for those lights to be built higher. A pregame ceremony on Saturday will mark the completion of the athletic facilities, President Linda Spink said. Mascot Sammy the Seahawk will be joined by Reggie the Alligator, a new mascot added in the offseason to honor nearby Machado Lake’s former reptilian resident. To pay homage to its athletic heritage, the school tonight will inaugurate a new hall of fame, inducting a cluster of athletes and teams from the school’s past. The school will induct former Boston Celtic Dennis Johnson, former Houston Astro Bob Watson – a current major league vice president – and former NFL standouts Don Horn and Haven Moses. Plaques honoring the athletes and teams will be placed in the student union until the college’s new physical education building is completed. Construction is scheduled to begin in two years, Spink said. “It’s an exciting time for Harbor College,” Spink said about the fields and hall of fame. “It recognizing what an important contribution athletics has made to Harbor College.” In February, a new softball field will coincide with the addition of that sport. The college hired Valerie Long, an assistant softball coach at California State University, Dominguez Hills. So far, 22 girls have signed up for a class that doubles as the practice squad. To add softball, the college had to cancel its women’s volleyball program. The decision was made to attract local talent from schools such as San Pedro High, which has won 14 city titles, more than any other program. In the spring, Harbor College’s baseball team began using a renovated baseball diamond. paul.clinton@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The college used bond financing to transform its stadium from a pockmarked expanse of gopher holes to a slick, NCAA-regulation field with an accompanying eight-lane rubberized track. The new digs have already reduced injuries and given the school a showpiece for potential recruits, said Andrew Alvillar, head football coach. “For us it’s been a big tool in recruiting,” said Alvillar, now in his third year as coach. “We had a good class (this year). It gives them a feeling they’re playing Division I football.” The Harbor College football squad plays a 10-game schedule in the Western State Conference, a 16-team league. Coming off back-to-back fifth-place finishes in the conference, the team opened its season last week with a 10-0 win against Ventura. last_img read more

Teachers to vote on 2-year pay pact

first_imgACTON – Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District officials and the union representing district teachers were at an impasse in contract talks for eight months. But this week, teachers will vote on a proposed two-year contract that would increase salaries by 4 percent in the first year and at least 2 percent the second year. “It is tough in our district to recruit and retain high-quality teachers because of (low pay),” said Diana Baker, president of the Acton-Agua Dulce Teachers’ Association. “But I am certainly hopeful that this new school district and this new school board and the new superintendent intend to rectify it.” Baker called the contract proposal, which teachers discussed Friday, an “innovative” way to bridge the gap between the district’s limited budget and teachers’ demands for more equitable pay. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Teachers will vote on the contract proposal Wednesday through Friday. Their last contract expired a year ago, and the two sides were at impasse for eight months until they came up with the proposed contract. “Overall, I can certainly say that we are trying to be creative and not approach everything in the same way it’s been approached,” said school board President Melissa Harnett. One aspect of the contract relates to health and welfare packages. Instead of getting a uniform package from the district, teachers would get an extra $9,437 on top of their salary and would use that to pay for their choice of health insurance plan. That way, if a spouse’s plan covers him or her and the children, the teacher could spend part of the $9,437 on the district’s cheapest health plan and pocket the remaining money, union negotiators said. The union, an affiliate of the California Teachers Association, represents about 85 members. Teachers have worn buttons protesting their pay, but Baker said the union has taken a measured approach. “Our No. 1 thing is what’s good for kids,” she said, “and a strike is not.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

West Ham star Rice keen to forget about Ireland as England career begins

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS BEST OF no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE Declan Rice tussles with Eric Dier in training REVEALED REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 1 There are eight live commentaries across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and where to hear them, below… center_img huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED “I think everyone knows my situation with the Republic of Ireland. I’ve played there in the youth setup, but I had to make a decision that was best for me.“As you can hear, I am English, I am from England and it was really good playing for Ireland. Now I’m just really looking forward to the future and pulling on the England shirt. I’ve just got to look forward and forget about the past.”Rice has emerged as a standout player for West Ham this season and Gareth Southgate wasted no time calling him up. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade A debut against the Czech Republic at Wembley may beckon, but Rice insists he is already ‘bursting with pride’.“You can’t describe it. I just couldn’t believe it,” he added.“I was ill the day last week that the squad got announced. My dad came home and we were watching the TV and it came up that I was in the squad. LIVE on talkSPORT Declan Rice says he is keen to forget about his brief international career with the Republic of Ireland and focus on his future with England.The 20-year-old West Ham midfielder has been called up to the England squad for the first time after he switched international allegiance.London-born Rice, who has grandparents from Cork, had featured in three friendlies for the Republic of Ireland before declaring himself available for the Three Lions last month.The decision has been heavily scrutinised, and Rice is determined to look forward rather than backwards ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic on Friday.“It was a really tough decision,” he told the Football Association. Germany vs Serbia (Wednesday) – talkSPORT 2Kazakhstan vs Scotland (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2England vs Czech Republic (Friday) – talkSPORTWalsall vs Barnsley (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Shrewsbury vs Portsmouth (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2San Marino vs Scotland (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2Netherlands vs Germany (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2 “I was just bursting with pride. It’s everything that you’ve wanted to work for as a kid and it has come true.“The call-up is one of the best feelings you’re ever going to feel.”last_img read more

Tactics explained – what went wrong as Tottenham were humiliated by Brighton

first_img Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Team News BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Wyscout 11 LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES latest 11 PEP TALK AFP or licensors Wyscout Wyscout 11 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Total Football Analysis statement You can see this above as Spurs looked to launch a quick and vertical passing movement.In the highlighted section of the pitch above there are five Spurs players in that narrow section. You can see on the highest line that Kane and Son are occupying exactly the same space.In this instance Ben Davies is moving towards a higher line in the left-back zone, this was few and far between in the match.The Brighton defensive block is also out of shape given the direct nature of the attack as they have all collapsed backwards to try to defend with the central overload. Spurs were too hurried in these moments and their players failed to make movements into pockets of space. 11 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 11 Speculation around the job security of coaches is, unfortunately, a regular part of modern football.In today’s world, a run of two or three results can lead to calls for the coach to lose his job as the cycle of hype and speculation continues to grow. Going into this match at the weekend the spotlight was very much on the Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino as his side struggled to piece together a consistent run of results. 11 11 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Wyscout appointed 11 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas center_img rookie error Wyscout targets The key to the Brighton system saw their two wide midfielders, Gross and Mooy move inside and forward when they were in possession.They essentially looked to occupy the half-space or the central zone in order to allow Brighton to safely progress the ball into the final third. The width was provided by the two full-backs.Spurs started the match with a back four and with Eric Dier recalled and operating as the No.6 to screen the defensive line. Tanguy Ndombele has been showing signs that he is settling into life in north London. The issue was there was just no width when they had possession. 11 Here we see the initial shape when out of possession but once again. You can clearly see the more advanced positioning of the two wide midfielders.This shape meant Spurs found it difficult to progress the ball. The line of four midfielders from Brighton were closely positioned to the Spurs midfield and would press quickly when the ball did move into these positions.Spurs lacked widthIn the end, Spurs edged possession in the match with 51% possession compared to 49% – fine margins. The difference was when Brighton had possession of the ball they were progressive and forward-thinking.Spurs, on the other hand, could not play forward intelligently given the lack of any width as they approached the final third. on target Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Wyscout We see these movements highlighted above the movement on the ball side is into the half-space and in between the opposition full-back and central defender.On the ball far side, the Mooy moves centrally into space in the final third. The first movement stretches the Spurs defensive line and the second movement is designed to offer the option to switch the ball to the other side.Spurs struggled throughout the game to create defensive structures to cope with these movements from the home side. In the attacking phase Son, Lamela and Eriksen all looked to occupy central areas. Alongside Harry Kane, we saw them try to occupy the same spaces and this led to issues when progressing the ball.Brighton creative in possessionThe temptation for many following a 3-0 defeat for a team with top-four aspirations is to concentrate on what went wrong for the ‘bigger’ side.Instead, we need to start by highlighting what was so effective for Brighton. Out of possession, they were happy to drop in and adopt the 4-4-2 shape in the formation graphic above.In possession, though we saw an interesting adaptation that gave Spurs problems for the entire game. The wide midfielders would move forward to connect with the two forward and Brighton used overloads centrally. update stalemate Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman On paper, the system used in this match for Brighton was a 4-4-2. In effect, however, the wide midfielders move forward to create a 4-2-2-2.Their academy product Aaron Connolly played, and scored twice, in attack where he partnered summer signing Neal Maupay.Pascal Gross and Aaron Mooy provided creativity in the final third and the defensive block was marshalled by the excellent Lewis Dunk. This is evident here with Tottenham wanting to play out from their own penalty area. Maupay is pressing the ball and he moves across to press from in front.As the ball is progressed out into the wide space then Gross will press out to close the ball down. We see that there is no easy passing option at the man in possession can use to play out from this space.The hope from Brighton is that their opponents will simply play long, or make a mistake. Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Wyscout We see this again above with the poor occupation of space in the Spurs attacking movement.There are two Spurs attackers, with no immediate defensive player in that space, there is no attacking occupation on the other side. This again slows the progression of the attack and prevents Spurs from moving towards the penalty area.Better spacing in the final third would have resulted in more connections and passing options that would allow them to play through the Brighton defence.Brighton pressHaving taken an early lead we quickly saw Brighton take the initiative in terms of their work out of possession.They would look to press high and fast when their opponents were looking to build up in their attacking phase. The inability of the Spurs side to occupy space effectively simply encouraged the home team to be more aggressive in closing down spaces.The 4-4-2 structure allowed both forward players to press quickly with the midfielders moving to close down passing options or passing lanes. Wyscout Tottenham star Harry Kane reacts during the defeat to Brighton 11 Wyscout A similar situation above as Spurs look to play out.Such is the spacing and positioning from Brighton it prevents the ball from being played into dangerous areas.Spurs were constantly under pressure and it never looked as though there was a plan for them to play cohesively as an attacking unit.ConclusionIf Pochettino was under pressure before this match he is under even more after it.Brighton were full value for their 3-0 win and arguably it could have been more. They were quick and creative when attacking with Connolly, in particular, causing havoc with the Spurs defence. In terms of quality in the squads, there should have been no question they would come out on top.Going forward there is work to be done in north London to manage an underperforming squad and find roles for all of their underperforming stars.If you enjoyed this piece and are keen to read many more articles like this then head over to totalfootballanalysis.com and get a digital copy of their latest magazine for just £4.99 – containing over 100 pages of pure tactical analysis and coaching content. Annual subscriptions are also available. It is a measure of the short term memories of many football fans that the Argentinian coach should be under pressure given the presence of his Spurs side in last season’s Champions League final.With that said there is without a doubt something missing this term as Spurs have lost their high energy style, both in and out of possession. This was hugely evident as they fell to a 3-0 loss in this match.We should not though take any credit away from the performance of Brighton. With Graham Potter taking over as coach at the start of the season we are starting to see his playing philosophy take hold.Brighton are a progressive side with intelligent recruitment who are looking to establish themselves as a regular top-flight side. 11 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta last_img read more