Leicester 2, Tottenham 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

A couple of changes with Harvey Barnes and Ayoze Perez back in the starting line-up, Demarai Gray and Hamza Choudhury out and on the bench. Both reasonable changes as Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers wanted a more offensive approach.

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Despite Harry Kane scoring and seeing Tottenham Hotspur take the lead in the game after 29 minutes, Leicester had a positive approach, and where lively during the first half. A bit unfair to see Spurs in the lead after first half.

An early VAR decision was also seen, taking away a Wilfred N’Didi goal, which in all was correct, but it showed the picture of a team that wanted to get into the lead straight away.

Both Perez and Pereira were lively and had their chances as Leicester had other chances as well during those first 45 minutes, with Maddison also showing great spirit with a number of good attempts.

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2nd half became a chase for goals, with Vardy coming close early on. Leicester kept a sort of pressure and showed some great play with many passes, but Spurs showed that also could be dangerous at times.

After 66 minutes the game could have been lost all together with Aurier scoring, but the goal was disallowed with VAR again taking control. The pictures showed Son being offside in the action just before the goal and correctly stopped.

Then after a good build up by Leicester, Ricardo Pereira scored his first goal of the season with a nice shot inside the penalty box, deflected by a Spurs defender and the game is equal again, 1-1.

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Leicester push on and Brendan Rodgers had allready taken off Harvey Barnes and introduced Dennis Praet, as he comes on the team gets a bit of another style with James Maddison pushing more forward, and being lively.

Maddison is on a mission, getting a nice little pass from another sub, Hamza Choudhury, and from outside the penalty area goes for a shot well placed down in the left corner, with Spurs “cover” Gazzaniga not able to reach the ball, Leicester are suddenly 2-1 up.

A great result, a well earned victory for Brendan Rodgers and shows that he know is able to win tight games against quality opposition, seeing Leicester climbing to 2nd in the Premier League when the final whistle blows, 6 minutes into stoppage time.

  • Positives:
    • Ability to create enough to win against a quality opposition
    • Get back and win when being behind
    • Perez back in the starting 11
    • Soyuncu picked in the back four, after making a terrible error at Old Trafford
    • Pereira scoring his first for the season
    • Maddison showing class, and bunching back from lost opportunities against Man Utd
    • Rodgers making the right moves from the bench, getting rewarded
    • Gray not totally axed, given a new chance from the bench
    • No cards
  • Negatives:
    • Again getting behind after starting the game with a changed line-up
    • A small knock on Maddison, halting a bit
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Pereira 7, Chilwell 6, Evans 8, Soyuncu 8, Nididi 8,  Maddison 8, Tielemans 7, Barnes 6, Vardy 7, Perez 6, Subs: Praet, Choudhury, Gray

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 45 / 55
  • Corners: 8 / 2
  • Shots on target: 5 / 3
  • Fouls: 17 / 13
  • Offsides: 2 / 3

 

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