Match Report: Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez guided Leicester City to their first win at home win in the Premier League against Tottenham Hotspur since May 2002.

Vardy struck the hosts into the lead inside 13 minutes, after Marc Albrighton delivered an inviting cross, which was looped over the poor-positioned Hugo Lloris.

Mahrez sent the King Power Stadium into pandemonium with a sensational power bolt from the edge of the penalty area.

Harry Kane concluded an intricate passing move to preserve some hope of a comeback, with a firm close-range finish.

Kane’s tenth Premier League goal of the season was unable to inspire the visitors to find an equaliser, as Spurs’ winless run increased to three matches.

Leicester City are now unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches since Claude Puel took charge of the club. Tonight’s three points sent them above Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United, Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion to enter the top half.

Tottenham Hotspur remain in fifth place but Liverpool and Burnley could potentially move above them tomorrow evening. Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal are also due to play on Wednesday, meaning the deficit in the race for UEFA Champions League qualification could also be increased.

Tactical Analysis

The hosts pressed high in the early stages and overloaded the left hand side on numerous occasions. Ben Chilwell, Marc Albrighton and Jamie Vardy alternated between each other to make driving runs down the left hand side, which is the position of which their opening goal originated from.

Harry Maguire creates an offensive threat with his roaming runs from defence, which he showed evidence of when playing for England. The England international drifted into space to find Albrighton on the left channel, the former Aston Villa winger delivered an inviting cross over Jamie Vardy’s shoulder and he artistically exploited Lloris’ inept positioning to break the deadlock.

Leicester City’s defensive resistance proved difficult for Tottenham Hotspur to break with every player throwing their bodies on the line. Kane’s through ball split the foxes’ back line but Schmeichel emerged to smother Sissoko’s close-range attempt and Iborra made a vital intervention on the goal line.

Spurs lacked the clinical edge in the final third, which was mainly their downfall during their defeat at the King Power Stadium. Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Fernando Llorente all spurned opportunities, which should’ve been converted.

They overloaded the right-hand side in the latter stages of the second half, as they went in desperate search of a late equaliser. Schmeichel’s decision making was superb and the Danish international made various important interventions from Spurs’ persistent crosses from the right channel.

The foxes’ performance was reminiscent of the many games they treated us with during their title winning season in the 2015/16 campaign. Jamie Vardy pressed from the front, regularly breaking in behind, the full-backs bombed forward, Iborra sat deeper (similar to Kante), Mahrez pulled the strings and Ndidi drove forward.

Leicester City were fully deserved of all three points. They defended strongly and punished Spurs for their inept finishing. Puel has worked wonders in his second job in English football and they’ll be hoping to extend their five-match unbeaten streak at home to Burnley on Saturday.

Statistics You Must Know!

  • Jamie Vardy’s opening goal in the 13th minute sends him just one goal away from becoming the first ever Leicester City player to reach 50 Premier League goals.

  • Harry Kane scored his 88th Premier League goal against Leicester City and is only three goals behind joint-second highest Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane and nine goals behind record goal scorer Teddy Sheringham.

  • Tottenham Hotspur have lost the same amount of Premier League games this season as they did last season (4).

Starting Line-Ups

George Bennett

My name is George Bennett, I’m 19-years-old and I’m the founder and administrator for GB Articles Football Blog. I’ve been writing from the age of 12-years-old and decided to create my own blog to spread my passion for the beautiful game.

The blog was created in May 2016 and I’ve began to assemble a talented group of writers since April 2017. I mainly cover the Premier League, although I also base some reports on the Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga and more!

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