Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester side complete a stunning away win against a lacklustre Tottenham team, in a 2-0 victory in London.

In a week where Spurs had gone from top of the table to fifth, the game against Leicester proved to be a final blow in a forgetful seven days for the North London club.

Jose Mourinho made two changes to the team that began against Liverpool four days prior, with Tanguy Ndombele returning to the starting XI, as well as Sergio Reguilon – who replaced Steven Bergwijn and Ben Davies.

The Foxes swapped three players into the side, that also lost to a Merseyside team on Wednesday, with the main mention being Jonny Evans returning following a suspension.

Tottenham began the game in third place, with the away team sitting in fifth.

Both of which have performed very well at the start of this season.

As the game kicked off, Spurs were the ones pushing for an early goal.

Two early free kicks won by Kane and Ndombele, were the only threat to the Blues backline but neither of which causing any problems.

Similarly, when James Maddison started receiving more of the ball, he drew two fouls from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, but alike the Tottenham free-kicks, neither raised any attention to the goalkeeper.

Spurs’ first real chance came in the 15th minute, when a counter-attack lead by Harry Kane, worked its way to Heung-Min Son.

However, unselfishly the recent Puskas award winner did not go for glory and drilled the ball across the face of goal towards Ndombele.

Unfortunately, he was too optimistic, and the intended recipient of the ball was too far away to tap it past Kasper Schmeichel.

The first half chances were very rare as the close contest grew closer to the interval.

Spurs had the majority of the chances, but they were easy pickings for Schmeichel – the closest being a deflected Harry Kane freekick, which he comfortably palmed away.

As the first 45, drew to its end, Rodgers’ men made one final push.

And so did Serge Aurier.

With defender Wesley Fofana taking the ball away from the Spurs penalty area, Aurier barged into his back, forcing him to the ground.

The referee Craig Pawson continued play, however Paul Tierney who was in charge of VAR advised him to do otherwise.

After an extensive check, deep into the stoppage time, a penalty was finally given and the decision of No Foul, was overruled.

It was Jamie Vardy who stepped up to take it.

Vardy against Lloris.

The last time these two faced each other for a penalty, was in February 2019, and the Tottenham captained prevailed, to win the game for his team.

Leicester’s number nine was clinical this time.

With the last kick of the half, he drilled the ball down the middle and sought his revenge on the Frenchman – putting his side 1-0 going into half time.

Despite his superb start to the season, and noticeable improvement, flashes of last seasons Serge Aurier shone through, and his mistake cost his team a goal.

Mourinho made the substitution of Tanguy Ndombele, who was very quiet in the first half and brought on Gareth Bale, in a hope to change Tottenham’s fortune.

However, this was not the case.

With the confidence from the Jamie Vardy opener, the Foxes started brightly.

Just three minutes into the second half, a lumped ball forward, found the feet of James Maddison, who was one-on-one with the Spurs skipper.

He delightfully finished the ball past Lloris and made it 2-0 to the away side.

Though this time, VAR favoured Tottenham.

Maddison’s goal was ruled out by the finest of margins, and Spurs were lucky.

The game was a close encounter once again, following the disallowed goal, yet neither side could provide any dangerous opportunities.

Until the 59th minute.

Marc Albrighton attacked down the right wing and delivered a cross into the box towards goalscorer Vardy.

Although he was marked by both Sissoko and Alderweireld, he was able to tower above them both and head the ball down towards the goal.

Lloris dived to save it, but Alderweireld tried to cut it out and clear the danger.

Unable to sort his feet out, the Belgian defender ended up kneeing the shot in his own net.

Spurs’ luck ran out and Leicester’s lead doubled.

The final half an hour was a desperate cry by Mourinho’s men to try and claw their way back into the game.

A Heung-Min Son chance in the 70th minute was the nearest Spurs came to a goal, but the Great Dane in the Leicester goal prevented that from happening, with a fantastic save.

The game ended 2-0 to the midlands club.

Surprisingly, the home side held more of the possession in the game (57%), but were unable to make anything of it, making it their third defeat of the season.

Brendan Rodgers recorded his first victory over Jose Mourinho, in the eight meetings that he has had with his former colleague.

His team now have six days to prepare for a battle between second and third in the table, as they host Man United at the King Power Stadium.

Spurs, on the other hand, will play Stoke City in the Carabao cup Quarter final on Wednesday.

A game that will hopefully restore confidence into the team, in order to regain the loss of form.

 

Match Report by Nathan Salmon

Twitter: @SalmonSport

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