A late Robert Huth header sees Leicester City travel home from White Hart Lane with all three points, as the men in white fell victim to a third defeat of the season.
The Foxes will be returning home tonight with a win in the second, and arguably most important, match in a gruelling trilogy of games that could have a significant bearing on the end of the season.
Tottenham had much of the ball for much of the game, and quite truthfully the quality of their play would probably have been enough to see at least a share of the points against almost any other side in the Premier League. But for all of Tottenham’s dominance in possession, they were unable to penetrate The Foxes’ resilient defensive lines.
Leicester City’s core, based around an ever impressive Danny Drinkwater sat in front of the aggressive duo of Robert Huth and Wes Morgan has proven a bedrock that has allowed the swashbuckling forward play of the likes of Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy to really express themselves. The spirit and grit that Leicester continue to play with in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds is infectious, and like an old decrepit dog, they simply refuse to just lie down and die. Credit where it’s bitterly due.Embed from Getty Images
The defining moment
With a share of the points looking more and more inevitable as the game appeared to be growing toward a stalemate, Robert Huth an rose tallest at a corner to direct the ball home with little time to run on the clock. The sucker punch proved decisive and despite Pochettino showing his hand with the late substitutes on Heung-Min Son and Josh Onomah, Tottenham were unable to pull something back from the match.Embed from Getty Images
Though Pochettino will go home tonight with his men still unambiguously sat in the Champions League places, today’s result will undoubtedly still prove a bitter pill to swallow. On the crest of a wave of positivity over the last few months, Leicester’s ability to take Tottenham the whole nine yards in the last two matches as seen expectations come crashing back down to earth with something of an almighty bump.
Today’s result has also seen the reliance on Harry Kane’s scoring prowess laid bare. Could Daniel Levy be enticed into some action with the window still open? Kane’s quality is both undeniable and undiminished, but an over-reliance on him to turn a game on its head will invariably leave Spurs open for a fall from time to time. With Spurs clout, and the clear opportunity of a top four finish, could there be opportunity for a player of Charlie Austin’s or Saido Berahino’s pedigree to come in and shoulder some of the burden?Embed from Getty Images
The games come thick and fast this time of year, and there’s no place for respite or time to dwell on a result. It’s time to rally for another big opportunity against Sunderland on the weekend. At least we don’t have to play Leicester again soon, hey…
By Joe Thomas