Category: Leicester City

Spurs 3 Leicester 1

What a crazy game! Without playing particularly well, Spurs managed to earn for themselves another three precious points at the expense of a Leicester team that were arguably superior on the day but crucially failed to take their chances. 

The slender half-time lead – from Davinson Sanchez’s first Spurs goal – came seriously under threat when a soft penalty was awarded to Leicester. Substitute Jamie Vardy decided to make the penalty his first kick of the game, from which Hugo Lloris pulled off a magnificent save to preserve Spurs’ advantage. 

Minutes later, that lead would be doubled as Christian Eriksen found himself at the edge of the box and beat the Leicester keeper at his near post. Incredibly, from potentially losing their lead, Spurs had gone two goals ahead! 

Vardy would subsequently atone for his penalty miss with a well-taken goal to half that Spurs lead and with stoppage time looming, Leicester looked good value to take at least a point from this game. 

It was not to be as Son Heung-Min raced away from a Moussa Sissoko through ball to make it safe for Spurs. Manager Mauricio Pochettino punched the air in celebration, knowing that Leicester’s resistance had finally been broken. 

Against the odds, Spurs had won three consecutive league matches to keep themselves in prime position for a top 4 finish while flirting with the fringes of the title race between Liverpool and Man City.  

Special mention to Son, whose goals (3 in 3 games) have been vital to the Spurs cause. Definitely in the absence of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, Son has risen to the challenge and has been Spurs’ best player in recent games. 

No time to rest on our laurels as Borussia Dortmund visit on Wednesday!


Match Preview : Leicester (Home)


Spurs need to make the most of a three game sequence at home to continue to rack up the points and keep the distance between us and Man U, Chelsea and Arsenal. 

Problem is, of course, the team and Pochettino will also be pre-occupied with the mid-week Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund. Bearing that in mind, Pochettino’s team selection will be crucial. 

After this crucial period, Spurs will then wait for 10 days before the match at Turf Moor. So it’s crunch time! 

Spurs have had a rare week’s break to get ready for two big games in 4 days but will be without Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Ben Davies. 

So, will Pochettino go for a similar configuration as that in the Newcastle game? That is, start Jan Vertonghen at left back to give Danny Rose a bit of a break or try to go hell to leather with basically the same back four in both games?

Spurs’ form at Wembley has been patchy. With defeats to Liverpool, Man City, Wolves and Man Utd demonstrating our fragility at the national stadium, surely Pochettino will not take any chances with his line-up. 

I would imagine Pochettino would try to do the damage by halftime so that he can rest key players later in the game. However, I expect Spurs to edge it again but once more it might have to go to the wire. Spurs never do things the easy way.

Possible line-up : Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Son, Llorente.  










Leicester 0 Spurs 2

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!