In the end, a fairly routine win over in-form Leicester on their own patch which has kept Spurs in third place, six points off Liverpool, who are now on top, after Man City’s shock defeat to Chelsea.
Keeping Tuesday’s crucial Champions League tie at Barcelona firmly in mind, manager Mauricio Pochettino rested both Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane, opting for Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min on top, with Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier working as a midfield diamond.
Spurs had most of the possession in the first half, without really threatening the Leicester goal until that is, Son finally found space at the edge of the penalty box to guide a brilliant curling shot home just before half-time.
That lead put Spurs in a good position as the second period began and they continued to probe Leicester’s defence for weaknesses and got their just reward when Son floated in a sumptuous cross which Dele converted superbly at the far post for his 50th Spurs goal.
There was a sense of synchronicity as Dele had scored his debut Spurs goal at the King Power Stadium as well with a similar far post header. Spurs were in control and Leicester – missing the injured Jamie Vardy – had no answers whatsoever.
Bringing on Eriksen and Kane for run-outs near the end, Spurs closed out the match comfortably to secure a well-deserved victory.
Are Spurs title contenders? I do not believe so. But at the 16-match point, Spurs have had their best ever start to a Premier League season, keeping pace with the big-spending front-runners despite all the troubles over the lack of transfer activity, the delay in the completion of the new stadium and the incessant media speculation over the futures of Pochettino, Kane, Eriksen etc etc etc
Not bad for a club in crisis eh? Bring on Barca!
COME ON YOU SPURS!!!
The battle for a top 4 place continues in earnest with an away fixture at Leicester.
The usual issues apply – fixture congestion, injuries galore, a must-win game to keep the pace and a crucial Champions League tie at the Nou Camp in mid-week. Good problems all!
Now that Juan Foyth and Kieron Trippier have been added to the walking wounded, manager Mauricio Pochettino’s defence is threadbare and selects itself. At least he still has options and will no doubt rotate with that Barcelona game clearly on the mind.
Again, I expect Spurs to take another 3 precious points away from the King Power Stadium but it won’t be easy and the squad needs to once more prove their value.
Predicted line-up : Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Dele, Moura, Kane.
COME ON YOU SPURS!!!