OPPONENTS Leicester City
COMPETITION Premier League
DATE Sunday 19th July  2020
PREVIEW No preview produced.
 
PREDICTION Tottenham Hotspur    2        Leicester City   2
 
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Eric Dier serves the last of his four match suspension, while Dele Alli, Tanguy Ndombele and Juan Foyth are all injured.  Lucas Moura has a knock and is doubtful, whiel Jose Mourinho will leave Serge Aurier to decide if he is in the right mind to play after the death of his brother earlier in the week.
 
LEICESTER CITY TEAM NEWS :
James Maddison (hip), Christian Fuchs (groin), Daniel Amartey (ankle), Ben Chilwell (thigh), Ricardo Pereira (knee) and Caglar Soyuncu (suspended) will all miss the trip to Tottenham on Sunday.  Marc Albrighton (hip) is a doubt for the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
 
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Premier League Kick off 16.00
 
Tottenham Hotspur  3 (3) Leicester City  0 (0)

 
 
Goal-scorers

James (o.g.) 05m 40s
Kane 36m 50s
Kane 39m 41s
 

 

None

 
Cards  
    
Moura (foul on Tielemens) 57
Sanchez (foul on Hirst) 86

    

    
Evans (foul on Kane) 73
 

    
 

 
 
Crowd :   0,000 Weather :  Cloudy to start, then Sunny, warm
Referee :  Anthony Taylor (Greater Manchester) Assistant Referees :  Mr. Gary Beswick; Mr. Adam Nunn
Fourth Official :  Graham Scott Replacement official :  Steven Meredith
Video Assistant Referee :  Stuart Attwell Video Assistant Referee Assistant :  Scott Ledger
Leicester CIty kicked off and played towards the Park Lane end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 9 minutes.
 
 
 
Tottenham Hotspur : kit Leicester City : kit

  1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

24  Serge AURIER
  4
 
Toby ALDERWEIRELD
  6  Davinson SANCHEZ     
33  Ben DAVIES

1
7  Moussa SISSOKO
  8  Harry WINKS

  7  Heung-Min SON  (11  Erik LAMELA  90+4)
18  Giovani LO CELSO  (29  Oliver SKIPP  84)
27  Lucas MOURA       (23  Stephen BERGWIJN  82)

10  Harry KANE   

Unused subs: 
2
2  Paulo GAZZANIGA
  5  Jan VERTONGHEN
21  Juan FOYTH
30  Gedson FERNANDES
39  Japhet TANGANGA

19  Ryan SESSEGNON
 

   1  Kasper SCHMEICHEL

  5  Wes MORGAN (c)
29  Ryan BENNETT  (  7  Demarai GRAY  46)
  6  Jonny EVANS     

  2  James JUSTIN  (o.g.)
  8
  Youri TIELEMENS  (26  Dennis PRAET  70)
25  Wilfred NDIDI  (24  Nampalys MENDY  70)
56  Luke THOMAS

17
  Ayoze PEREZ  (26  Kelechi IHEANACHO  59)
  9  Jamie VARDY
15
  Harvey BARNES  (45  George HIRST  83)

Unused subs: 
26  Matt MACEY
26  Sokratis PAPASTATHOPOULOS
26  Ashley MAITLAND-NILES
26  Rob HOLDING
26  Lucas TORREIRA
 

 
Manager :  Jose Mourinho Manager :   Brendan RODGERS
Sponsor :   AIA Shirt sponsor :  King Power
Kit Supplier :  Nike Kit Supplier :   adidas
Match report

Spurs put on a very good first half performance, similar to the one against Crystal Palace at home at the start of the season, to wrap up the game inside 40 minutes against a lacklustre Leicester City side, who looked anything but a top four team.  The Tottenham win shifted us nearer to a European qualifying place in the table, while knocking a hole in Leicester's Champions League ambitions.

A fairly quiet start to the match all changed in the sixth minute.  Lucas Moura headed the ball out of defence to Harry Kane, who took a touch, turned and played the ball left with the outside of his foot to Heung-Min Son. He took the ball on, as Kane continued his run into the box, but the Korean cut inside Ryan Bennett and shot, with the ball coming off James Justin’s leg to wrong-foot Schmeichel and nestle inside his right hand post to give Spurs the lead with the first shot of the match in the sixth minute. Another own goal for Spurs, but they all count !  Of course there was the obligatory VAR check, but there was no offside so the game restarted from the centre spot.

Vardy had a clear header soon after the goal from Justin’s cross, but put it over and then Jonny Evans crudely pulled Moura down when he and Bennett got caught going for the same ball and Lucas looked to nip onto it. From it, Kane got onto the ball in from Son, but his header looped gently to the keeper. A passage of the game where both teams were guilty of giving the ball away ended with Vardy having a shot on goal that Toby Alderweireld blocked. Sanchez blocked a shot from Perez as he went outside him on the left, but the ball came off his arm as he was on the floor, which didn’t constitute a penalty offence.

From a corner in the 20th minute, Leicester picked out Morgan who put his free header at goal, but it hit Vardy, who then tried to back-heel the ball in, but Hugo Lloris’ foot blocked it for another corner. From that one, a looping cross was misjudged by Hugo, who tried to keep it in, but didn’t gather the ball allowing Leicester to retain possession but fortunately, it came to nothing.  Soon after the drinks break, Thomas got away on the left wing for the visitors and crossed for Perez to take on his chest and volley towards Hugo’s bottom left corner, but our captain got to it with a strong hand to deflect it for a corner. From it, Spurs won a corner of their own, when Aurier, Moura and Sissoko linked on the right wing to force James to put the ball behind with Son lurking behind him.

Ndidi took the ball off Sissoko in midfield, setting Perez away but his shot was blocked by Sanchez, causing Lloris to stretch to grab a high ball heading for goal.  It was Spurs who went close on the half hour when Winks long ball down the middle picked out Son’s run and his first time shot forced Schmeichel to dive up to push the ball over. Ndidi headed the ball towards his own goal from the corner but it went wide with Son trying to convert at the far post.

A Leicester corner was the making of Tottenham’s second goal. Moura won the header as the first man, Lo Celso played it on to Moura, who had run up the left wing. His ball around the right back put Kane into the box and as we have seen so many times, Harry’s instinctive finish across the keeper all along the ground with his left foot that brought up a 2-0 lead for Spurs. When the visitors’ moves broke down, they were suspect to being hit on the break.

With that being the case, we were soon 3 on 3 when Lucas took the ball off Thomas and ran thirty yards forward with it into the middle from the right, feeding it wide left to Kane, but it looked too wide. Bennett followed him, but when Harry checked onto his right foot, the loanee from Wolves wasn’t close enough to him and the ball was bent right footed around Morgan and inside Schmeichel’s left hand post for a fantastic finish. The clinical breakaways were killing Leicester and at 3-0 after 40 minutes, it was going to need a big change in their tactics to get anything out of this game. 

Three minutes before the interval, Perez was allowed room 20 yards out and he tried a drive that Lloris had to tip over the bar.

Rodgers took off the hapless Bennett and replaced him with Demarai Gray, causing a change in the shape of the team going to a 4-4-2. It didn’t work when Deavies won a tackle that took the ball infield to Kane and he produced a marvellous reverse pass to put Son through on the left. He touched it past Morgan coming into the middle of the pitch but couldn’t stay on his feet to finish what would have made an excellent goal.

When a right wing Leicester cross came in, Lucas Moura got there just before Thomas and then launched a long ball forward that had Morgan caught  underneath it, allowing Kane to muscle him off the ball and look to shoot, but he shanked it and it came off the Leicester captain for a corner. The opposition won a free-kick soon after and it took a very good header by Ben Davies to get there before Morgan at the expense of a corner. It was another free-kick after Moura was booked for a foul on Tielemens that brought a fine stop from Hugo, who tipped it over the bar after it had flicked off Moussa Sissoko. It was followed by a couple of corners, which ended with Morgan heading over the bar.

Ihenacho came on for Perez and there was another change with Barnes dropping just behind a front two. Ihenacho and Vardy headed on to send Barnes through the middle, but Aurier came across to make a vital interception to put the ball out for a corner and a couple of minutes later, Barnes turned Winks thirty yards out and ran to the edge of the box before producing a weak shot straight at Hugo. Leicester were having more possession, but still looked vulnerable to being hit on the counter-attack, especially when they presented the ball to Spurs. They wanted a penalty when Evans went down under challenge from Sanchez from a corner, but when a foul had been given against Evans for throwing Davinson to the ground, this was not given as the Irishman  was looking for it.

After Evans threw a hand into Kane’s face, Gray smacked a 25-yard shot over the bar as Spurs looked like they were tiring, so Mourinho took off Lo Celso and Moura with Bergwijn and Lamela entering the play. The team dropped a bit deeper, with Kane isolated up front and Thomas tried his luck from 25 yards out, but his shot bent away from goal and nearer to the corner flag than the posts. Harry had the ball in the net, but he looked a long way offside, although when it was looked at again, Thomas almost played him on in his left back position.

Davinson dived into a tackle on substitute Hirst to give away a free-kick and to bring a yellow card for the Colombian, but Gray hit it straight at the wall this time. They did get one on target when Ihenacho bent one around Sanchez, but Lloris’ dive to his right palmed the ball away. Hirst had a great chance from the corner, but his far post header was off target.

Fernandes and Skipp came on as the last moments ticked away, with Spurs breaking away between them to almost set up Kane with a hat-trick when Davies whipped in a cross from the left wing, but Harry had made a forward move and had hung back for the ball to be pulled back to him and Hirst had a shot from the angle of the penalty area on their right side, but it went wide.

OK, Leicester had players missing, some through their own doing, but this is a top four team we are talking about and we took them apart inside 40 minutes through some deadly finishing and some loose defending. With players now gelling under Mourinho and reaching a level of match fitness, they no longer have to rely on own goals alone to win games. Kane is back to his best and took his two goals expertly, with Son making runs that test opposition defences and always willing to shoot, there is more threat in attack. The defence look as though they have trained hard to know their roles and although not perfect, the clean sheet shows progress. In the middle of the team, Winks and Sissoko are the destroyers, doing the hard toil, with instruction to supply the ball to Lo Celso,  on and Moura as soon as possible. The ability to break on teams shows that they have a cohesion in the transitions from defence into attack and behind them all, Hugo Lloris is showing the class that made him a World Cup winner.

Our fate is in other's hands. If Wolves win their two matches, we can’t finish sixth. We could sneak that place and the need to win at Palace next week is all we are able to do, then await the other results.

Young Luke

 
 
 
Match facts

Players ‘took the knee’ before kick-off. Shirts bore “Black Lives Matter” and NHS logos.

Tottenham's first goal was the 50th against Leicester City in the Premier League.

This game was the 100th league match between the two clubs.
 

 
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How the players did
Hugo Lloris .
Serge Aurier -.
Toby Alderweireld -.
Davinson Sanchez -.
Ben Davies -.
Giovani Lo Celso -.
Harry Winks -.
Moussa Sissoko -.
Heung-Min Son -,
Lucas Moura -.
Harry Kane -.
Subs
Oliver Skipp -.
Erik Lamela -.
Stephen Bergwijn -.
Gedson Fernandes -.
Paulo Gazzaniga -
Jan Vertonghen -
Japhet Tanganga -
Harvey White -
Ryan Sessegnon -.

 

 
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Other scores during this week :
Norwich City 0 Burnley 2 Saturday
AFC Bournemouth 0 South Coast Big Club 2 Sunday
Aston Villa - - - -day
Crystal Palace - - - -day
Brighton & Hove Albion - - - -day
Liverpool - - - -day
Sheffield United - - - -day
Frank Lampard's Chelsea - - - -day
Watford - - - -day
Everton - - - -day
Newcastle United - - - -day
Wolverhampton Wanderers - - - -day
Woolwich Wanderers - - - -day
West Ham United London - - - -day
Manchester City - - - -day
Manchester United - - - -day
FA Cup semi-finals :
Manchester City 0 Woolwich Wanderers 2 Saturday
Manchester United 0 Chelsea 3 Sunday

 

League Table  2019-20
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Liverpool 36 30 3 3 77 29 93 +48
2 Manchester City 36 24 3 9 93 35 75 +58
3 Chelsea 36 19 6 11 64 49 63 +15
4 Leicester City 37 18 8 11 67 39 62 +28
5 Manchester United 36 17 11 8 63 35 62 +28
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 14 14 8 49 38 56 +11
7 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 37 16 10 11 60 46 58 +14
8 Sheffield United 36 14 12 10 38 35 54 +3
9 Burnley 37 15 9 13 42 48 54 -6
10 Woolwich Wanderers 36 13 14 9 53 45 53 +8
11 South Coast Big Club 37 14 7 16 48 59 49 -11
12 Everton 36 12 10 14 42 53 46 -11
13 Newcastle United 36 11 10 15 37 55 43 -18
14 Crystal Palace 36 11 9 16 30 47 42 -17
15 West Ham United London 36 10 7 19 47 60 37 -13
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 36 8 13 15 37 53 37 -16
17 Watford 36 8 10 18 34 57 34 -23
18 Aston Villa 36 8 7 21 39 66 31 -27
19 AFC Bournemouth 37 8 7 22 37 64 31 -27
20 Norwich City 37 5 6 26 26 70 21 -44


Position before match :  7th
Position after match :  7th
 

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