|OPPONENTS||Leicester City at King Power Stadium|
|DATE||Saturday 8th December 2018|
|PREDICTION||Leicester City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2|
|Premier League||Kick off 19:45|
Tottenham Hotspur 2 (1)
Son 45m+0m 43s
|Crowd : 31,957||Weather : Dry, chilly|
|Referee : Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)||Assistant Referees : Mr. Lee Betts; Mr. Ian Hussin|
|Fourth Official : Roger East|
|Tottenham kicked off and played towards the South stand end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 6 minutes.|
Mendy (foul on Sissoko) 16
Albrighton (foul on Son) 64
Gray (foul on Walker-Peters) 81
Dier (foul on Icheanacho) 9
|Leicester City :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Mark ALBRIGHTON 56 )
Hugo LLORIS (c)
Serge AURIER (16
Harry KANE 74)
27 Lucas MOURA (i23 Christian ERIKSEN 67)
|Manager : Claude Puel||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
|Sponsor : King Power||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : adidas||Kit Supplier : Nike|
With Barcelona's tie in the Champions League on his mind, Mauricio Pochettino made some changes, playing with Lucas up front and Kane and Eriksen on the bench, but the side ran out straightforward winners by 2-0 against Leicester City.
The game was a slow starter as both sides wanted to get a feel of the ball and Son looked like he was going to out-pace Morgan, but didn't quite realise how far it is to get round him. A long ball went over Jan Vertonghen's head, with Ndidi getting onto the ball, but he tried a hopeful first time dipper from 25 yards out and hit row L. Jan had a great interception as Chilwell got onto a ball over Aurier and played a low ball into the box, which was heading for Icheanacho, but Jan slid in to put it out for a corner. The home side were looking to hit on the break and Hugo was quick out of his box to clear a threat and when Tottenham went forward, Lucas took down a long pass in their box, but couldn't find Son in the middle. He did get through the middle when Dele put his through, but he was pulled back by a linesman's flag for offside. It looked touch and go, but Leicester broke from the free-kick and Pereira pulled a ball back from the line, but Vertonghen was there again to block the cross.
Spurs were putting together some good passing, with Dele and Sonny playing a nice one two on the left hand corner of the box, with a wriggly run by Dele only stopped as he shaped to shoot from very close range. From the corner, it went deep to Jan, who could not keep his header down as he stretched backwards to reach it. Once more, Dele got in behind on the right this time, but could not find Son unmarked in the middle. Leicester were being pegged back inside their own defensive third, with Aurier winning a corner, but it was cleared.
Spurs were also looking to break and after Dele was penalised for a dive, the Leicester attack broke down, Tottenham played it out of defence well and Moussa Sissoko was away on the right wing. There was nobody available for him to pass to, but when Son and Lucas charged up unnoticed on the left, his pass was cut out when he should have done better. Aurier was brought down as he ran towards the Leicester box and the free kick was 30 yards out, but Son thought he would have a go, although his effort rose and rose as it flew well over the bar. The game had little flow to it, as Pawson was giving a lot of free-kicks and there were quite a few offsides. The Son-Dele partnershio was paying off, with another one-two putting Dele away on the left. He was bumped as he got inside the box, but stayed on his feet and as he was about to pull his foot back to shot, Morgan got in a great tackle to deny him.
As it was, the game ticked into one minute of added time and Aurier played the ball inside him from the right to Heung-Min Son. Taking the ball further inside, so that he was just outside the D, he unleashed a curling left foot shot that went around a defender and past the flailing dive of Schmeichel to hand Spurs the lead right on the stroke of half-time. It was one of those goals that Sonny can score when he is full of confidence and the way Spurs were playing had obviously given him the idea to try the unexpected, which caught Leicester out. When they kicked off, there was a couple of passes and then the whistle blew for the break. A great time to score.
After the break, spurs almost got another albeit in slow-motion. A cross from Moura was cleared and Son won it in the air, nodding it towards goal, with Dele unmarked in front of goal, but Schmeichel was out quick to it and Dele pulled out of the challenge. He was onside despite calls form the Foxes' defenders. Son tried a shot from more or less the position he scored from but the ball curled away from goal ... a lot this time. When Dele cut out a goal-kick 30 yards out, the ball went to Lucas and he slipped it to Son, who tried a shot that was on target this time, but was blocked for a corner. Chilwell blasted well wide as he ran in on the left of the box and then Gray tried to beat Lloris from 18 yards, but the shot lacked power and Hugo got his body behind it.
The King Power atmosphere lacked energy as the home fans couldn't muster much noise, even though they had their happy clappers out in force. They went even quieter when Leicester gave the ball away in the Spurs half and a simple pass through the middle put Lucas in the clear. He passed left to Son, who waited his moment, while the other player in the attack who had gone right found more space behind Chilwel. When the cross came in, Dele dived forward to head the ball into the roof of the net off the hand of a despairing Schmeichel to record his 50th Spurs goal at the same end and not a dissimilar fashion to his first for the club. The goal showed more confidence in Son not just knocking the ball in and Dele for his finding of space and then finishing the move to double the lead.
With 23 minutes left, Poch brought on Eriksen for Moura and the thought must have been to pick off Leicester as they pushed on to try and get back in the game. White shirts were all over Leicester now and were winning the ball a lot, so, when Davies was released on the left after some good closing down, it picked out Aurier at the far post. He tried a header from about 12 yards out beyond the far post and although he headed it down, he got it down a bit too much and the ball bounced up over the bar. With a couple of corners, the home team had it at the Tottenham end for a little while, but it ended up with Morgan unable to control the ball when it came back in, knocking it off for a goal-kick. An unexpected appearance by Harry Kane saw him have fifteen minutes in place of Son, but he didn't have much of a chance to make an impact.
Leicester had another shot in the 83rd minute, when Ghazzal turned in the box and hit a right foot curler from the left, but Lloris was there to catch the ball. Most of the home fans had gone home by then, as they started leaving before the 80 minute mark and the wonderful support obviously doesn't extend to them being beaten at home. Five minutes later, Ghazzal hit a low shot along the ground from 25 yards, but it was straight at Hugo. There had been little for the Spurs keeper top do, so the win was easy against a Leicester side who were pretty poor. Without too much effort, the three points were in the bag and coming through the match without too many issues before flying out to Spain.
Most of the side had solid performances, with Winks, Alli and Son. standing out, but a clean sheet is a bit of a novelty this season, so again, confidence building for the back four. All in all a good night's work and nice to stick it to Leicester on their own turf.
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|Other scores during this week :|
|Burnley||1||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||Saturday|
|West Ham United London||3||Crystal Palace||2||Saturday|
|Newcastle United||1||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2||Sunday|
|League Table 2018-19|
|11||West Ham United London||16||6||3||7||23||25||21||-2|
|13||Brighton & Hove Albion||16||6||3||8||18||22||21||-4|
Position before match :
Position after match : 3rd
Position after the weekend : 3rd
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