Mauricio Pochettino’s and his side suffered another League set back in midweek, this time at the King Power Stadium, Leicester City.
The visitors (Spurs) found themselves behind in the first period as the usual suspect (danger man) Jamie Vardy got onto the end of a loose ball to loop the ball over the Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris in goal for the opener.
This put more pressure on the Tottenham side as the need for a turnaround beckoned in the course of the contest.
However, with a dominant display at home, the host (Leicester) ended up winning the match 2-1 to pile more misery on the Tottenham side with the need for revival becoming imminent by the day.
From the Spurs 2-1 loss to Leicester we evaluate some critical points as regards to the game.
Early Momentum for Leicester
The host took the lead from the run of play after some nice build-up in the opposing territory and the visitors (Tottenham) got no answer to it as they succumbed to the early pressure.
This (put through) allowed Vardy (a player of that quality) to get in behind the opposing area as he was set up from the middle with a decent ball over the Tottenham high line.
How on earth do you give a (former) League Champion and a player of that caliber that had rattled the Premier League such an opportunity in the danger area?
You are surely going to get punished and that was Tottenham’s bane as Vardy scored to give Leicester the lead in a tepid display from Pochettino’s men.
Majestic Riyad Mahrez
The Algerian was at it again as he proved why he is one of the most sought-after players in recent times alongside with the likes of Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) and Antoine Greizmann (United/PSG) in the Tottenham clash.
With the Tottenham side well exposed defensively, this allowed the Leicester hit man to breed through the left wing, cut inside to bend a sumptuous effort round the far corner giving thus Hugo Lloris no chance to make a save.
That’s how good the star man referred to as “the king” by former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri was during the game as he rapped thing up with the 2nd goal for Leicester giving the visitors much work to do in the course of the 90 minutes to get back into the game.
Harry Kane Needs Help
The English forward has proven to be the answer in recent weeks for his Tottenham side and this is not looking so interesting for the Spurs side. This will make opposing sides to shut out the player in games since he seems to be Tottenham major source of the goal.
This repeated again at some point this season as they missed a couple of chances before Harry Kane pulled one back last week against West Brom at home just like in this fixtures.
The whole side needs to brace up to the challenge so that Spurs will not go dry in front of goals as seemed the case against Leicester with several chances created and squandered by his teammates.
Tottenham Hotspurs have themselves to blame as they let in goals against some of the sides you will expect them to pick up the points from this term just like in the games against West Brom and Leicester City.
This was evident as they managed a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, a team that was poor in front of goal on the occasion with Wilfred (Zaha) the major culprit on the occasion.
Pochettino’s men must keep focus in order to maintain a level of consistency or ruin the chance to make the top four this season as (London rivals) Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool seemed to have rediscovered their form with Salah (mostly) and Mane doing the business for the Reds up front.