Tottenham 3, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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Claude Puel had again made a surprise selection, leaving Jamie Vardy on the bench, and giving the chance up front to Demarai Gray, who is not really comfortable in the role as a lonely forward. The other change was Papy Mendy who had left his place to newly signed Youri Tielemans.

Leicester managed, as they have struggled with earlier, to keep a clean sheet for the first 30 minutes, but it only lasted 3 minutes more, before Spurs striked with their first goal, a great header from former Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez.

Leicester put pressure on Tottenham and especially Harvey Barnes was lively and could have scored with two great opportunities, but a well placed Hugo Lloris was in his best form and saved the attempts.

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Puel came out in the 2nd half with the same team and no changes in the line-up and continued to play Tottenham of the Wembley grass. At times it was entertaining to watch, but as Leicester should experience, football is about scoring goals.

Leicester were rewarded a Penalty when James Maddison was falling inside the penalty box, and it was a bit of contact, but it was soft, but again a penalty given is a penalty given. Jamie Vardy was there to come in, and his first touch on the ball was this penalty.

Lloris had a great day at the office and saved the penalty from Vardy, and City were still one goal behind. Then just a few minutes later, Christian Eriksen showed his quality and a bit of a half chance was converted well and a new goal, Tottenham were 2-0 up.

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Leicester never gave up and after 76 minutes Vardy was the last one on the ball after great play from Leicester, Pereira with the assist finding Jamie inside the penalty box. A well designed goal and really great power play.

Leicester, just a few minutes later, came close again, with Vardy finding Barnes, who was on open goal, but his lack of confidence at this level, shows his uncertainty and Lloris easilly saved a bad shot from the England U.21 international.

Leicester pushed on and a number of attempts with the best being a couple of headers from Chilwell and a shot from Iheanacho, it was again Tottenham who managed to score their third when Son was left alone with Schmeichel in stoppage time and killed the game off.

  • Positives:
    • Playing with a positive approach and possession against a top four team
    • Tielemans making his debut, showing quality in offensive play
    • Harvey Barnes coming to chances and really being lively
    • Vardy able to score again, his 7th PL goal this season
  • Negatives:
    • Placing Vardy on the bench, a no brainer
    • Not able to convert 100% goal chances
    • What is the plan, and why expose Gray, he is not better than Vardy
    • A new penalty blown, this time by Jamie Vardy
    • Letting in goals too easily after missing your own chances
    • Why was Vardy taken the penalty, and not starting the game
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6. Pereira 6, Chilwell 7, Maguire 6, Evans 6, Ndidi 6, Tielemans 7, Gray 6, Barnes 6, Ghezzal 6, Maddison 6, Subs: Vardy 7, Okazaki,  Iheanacho

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 48 / 52
  • Corners: 2 / 9
  • Shots on target: 3 / 8
  • Shots wide: 2 / 7
  • Fouls: 8 / 4
  • Offsides: 7 / 5


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