Spurs 1-1 Leicester: (match report)
The lads played out a 1-1 draw with the Champions on Saturday afternoon at the Lane, in what proved to be a frustrating result for Mauricio Pochettino’s side who lacked creativity in the match. We started the match with the upper hand against the Foxes and the Lillywhites early attacking intent almost paid off on 13 minutes, after Alli fired a first time effort from 20 yards out, Alli’s shot Stinging the gloves of Schmeichel who made a decent save. Claudio Ranieri’s structured side were most impressive in the final third and our defence had to be alert as the foxes went close on more than one occasion in the first half. On 33 minutes Shinji Okazaki put the ball narrowly over the crossbar after getting onto Mahrez’s cross and shortly afterwards Christian Fuchs went close after striking a powerful long range volley. With the interval nearing the first half seemed to be heading for a draw, but on the stroke of half time Spurs were awarded a penalty after Vincent Janssen was was brought to the ground after Robert Huth pulled Janssen in the penalty area. A confident Janssen stepped up to power the ball beyond Schmeichel and into the back of the net.
The second half started in disastrous fashion for Pochettino’s side after they conceded after just three minutes. Leicesters equaliser came about after Wanyama headed the ball to our defence, only for it be put through to Vardy who surged down the right channel before putting a low cross into Musa who converted from close range. Spurs attacked in the minutes that followed and they forced numerous fine saves out of Leicester City keeper Kasper Scheimchel. With four minutes remaining of normal time Spurs came desperately close to getting a late winner through centre back Jan Vertonghen after he met Victor Wanyama’s cross inside the box to power a good header against the crossbar. Deep in the four minutes of additional time Spurs went close to snatching a dramatic winner once more after Rose fired an effort from a tight angle inside the area, but his lashed effort hit the side netting. The final score Spurs 1-1 Leicester. Spurs go again on Wednesday as they face Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley in the UEFA Champions league.
My man of the match: Vincent Janssen, the goalscorer was unlucky to have gotten more Janssen worked incredibly hard against Leicesters imposing defence and he took his penalty well.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c); Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Wanyama (Winks 87); Eriksen, Alli (Nkoudou 83), Son; Janssen. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Carter-Vickers, Onomah.
Leicester (4-3-2-1): Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan (c), Fuchs; Mahrez (Albrighton 72), Drinkwater, King; Musa (Schlupp 68), Okazaki (Ulloa 78); Vardy. Substitutes (not used): Zieler, Hernandez, Gray, Amartey.
Goals: Spurs – Janssen 44 (pen); Leicester – Musa 48.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Rose, Son, Wanyama; Leicester – Mahrez, Musa, Vardy, Simpson.
Referee: Robert Madley.