|OPPONENTS||Leicester City at the King Power Stadium|
|DATE||Saturday 21st September 2019|
Leicester City await Spurs
as they return to Premier League action after the 2-2 draw in Greece
in the Champions League. The Foxes were having a good start to the
season until they tamely surrendered 0-1 at Old Trafford leaving
them on the same points as Spurs, but thanks to the margin of our
victory over Crystal Palace, we sit above them on goal difference.
|PREDICTION||Leicester City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -
Spurs will be without Giovani Lo Celso (hip) and Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring) for this match.
LEICESTER CITY TEAM NEWS : -
|Premier League||Kick off 12:30|
Tottenham Hotspur 1 (1)
Kane 28m 43s
|Crowd : 32,129||Weather : Warm; Sunny|
|Referee : Paul Tierney (Wigan)||Assistant Referees : Mr. Matthew Wilkes; Mr. Scott Ledger|
|Fourth Official : Robert Jones|
|VAR Official : Chris Kavanagh||VAR Assistant : Andy Halliday|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the South Stand end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 6 minutes.|
Gray (foul on Rose) 83
Sissoko (foul on Maddison) 19
Wanyama (foul on Pereira) 71
|Leicester City :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Kasper SCHMEICHEL (c)
17 Ayoze PEREZ
Dennis PRAET 67)
7 Demarai GRAY
22 Paulo GAZZANIGA
|Manager : Brendan Rodgers||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
|Sponsor : King Power||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : adidas||Kit Supplier : Nike|
Spurs had perhaps been lucky to be 1-0 ahead in this game at Leicester, unlucky not to go 2-0 ahead, but ended up losing out 1-2 to the home side in a topsy-turvy game that brought more VAR controversy.
With changes in the Spurs team including the restoration of Danny Rose and Serge Aurier at full back, the omission of Eriksen and Dele from midfield and Son replacing Moura, the side was shaken up after the midweek draw in Greece. Pochettino had not been happy with the way we played, but there has been a disjointed look to Tottenham this season and this game proved not a lot different.
After a start to the game that saw Leicester pressing hard, but the game going end to end, Son and Kane's early shots were countered by Leicester passing that got them into the Spurs area all too easily. Luckily, they were unable to finish any of the chances they made in this phase of the game. Tottenham had a couple of breaks that came to nothing and Maddison curled a shot wide from 18 yards, before the same player jinked into the box from the left and Paulo Gazzaniga, in for the absent Lloris away with his wife delivering their child, had to be strong at his near post to keep the ball out. Maddison was in the game a lot at this stage, challenging for a ball coming out of defence that Sissoko went in hard and won cleanly, before Maddison going over his leg that brought Moussa a yellow card. It was a weak decision and left the Spurs man walking a tightrope every time he went into a tackle, with Leicester making the most of them to try and earn him a second booking. As it was, the child-like home crowd booed every decision against them, making the referee a pantomime villain, ably assisted by Vardy throwing himself to the ground in the box, as he tried to con a penalty.
In the 18th minute, Gazzaniga fumbled a low shot from Tielemens, with Perez seizing on it, but unable to force it home himself. Alderweireld got back, but couldn't keep it out on the line, where Ndidi knocked it in from. It looked as though the goal had been given, but, as always, it was checked by VAR and Perez was coming back from an offside position when the ball went in and had that not been enough, he might have been the last player to touch the ball before the goal was scored by Ndidi, with only Toby between them and the goal. Anyway, it was rubbed out and Tielemens had another crack from 20 yards out, but it went wide. Then the onus on decision making turned at the other end, when Danny Rose cut into the box from the left and Jonny Evans made little effort to get the ball as he threw himself at the left back. No penalty and when you have seen these given, this one looked like he was nowhere near the ball, but Danny might have ran into the Leicester defender.
Spurs were not really threatening the Leicester goal, even though they were getting forward, but Leicester looked a bit more incisive, with Vardy's left wing run pulling the ball across and Perez somehow missing at the near post in the 28th minute. A minute later, Tottenham were in the lead in the most unusual circumstance. Lamela led the charge forward and looked to have picked the wrong pass, when he played it to Son, with Kane free outside him on the right. However, Sonny back-heeled the ball into the path of Harry Kane as he ran in behind him. Soyuncu pushed Kane in the back, throwing his weight forward and cries for a penalty went up from the Spurs crowd, but Kane stumbled the ball forward with his left foot and as he hit the ground, had the presence of mind to hook his right foot around and squeeze the ball into the ground, so that it shot up over the advancing Schmeichel, leaving the keeper unable to adjust to try and save it. The ball hit the net to the astonishment of all there and it was a real striker's finish. Thinking that quickly and not intent just to win the penalty, which is not bad for a player labelled a "diver" !
So, once more Tottenham were ahead against the run of play to a certain extent. The Foxes kept moving forward and Pereira struck a 25 yard effort that fizzed wide of Gazzaniga's right hand post, then the keeper had to make a low save from the same player to maintain the lead. A move similar to the Spurs goal saw Lamela opt to pass the ball to Kane, when perhaps he could have had a shot, but Harry could only curl the ball into Schmeichel's midriff.
Holding the lead until half-time was a good start as the concession of a goal just before the break had not gone well for Spurs in the last few games. It was important to keep it tight at the start of the second half and the first eight minutes was nip and tuck ,with both sides trying to progress without much luck. Corners were won at both ends, but the closest to a goal came in the 54th minute, when Sissoko, Kane and Son linked with the Korean playing the ball across the face of goal, with Erik Lamela not able to get the vital finishing touch. Erik did get an effort away a couple of minutes later, but after being set up by Sonny again, he fired it way too high. Leicester stepped up a gear and won the ball off Sissoko in central midfield, freeing Vardy to run left and his shot required Paulo to get down to save, with Rose mopping up the loose ball at the expense of a corner.
Son had a shooting chance and knowing his liking for a goal against the Foxes, it was surprising to see him pull it wide and then Barnes headed one off-target from Periera's cross. 63 minutes into the match, reviewing a goal caused a fair bit of controversy at the time and after the match. Son ran into the box on the left side, but was tackled by Soyuncu. This took the ball wide to Kane, who swept it across the box and Serge Aurier ran onto it and struck the ball firmly in the direction that Schmeichel had just moved from and into the keeper's right hand bottom corner. While the game had been even in terms of chances, this one was cruelly disallowed, with Son initially being millimetres offside. Obviously, this constitutes a clear and obvious error, where it is even hard to determine offside using a number of replay angles. We can't complain, as it will equal itself out over the course of the season ... won't it ?
The review saw a substitution for each side with Wanyama replacing Sissoko and a minute later Leicester were level. Vardy went down the left after the ball had been taken from Wanyama and it was then pulled back across the box, with Pereira running in at the far post to shoot past Gazzaniga, with the aid of a deflection off Danny Rose. The goal came in the 69th minute and two minutes later Wanyama was booked for a foul on the goal-scorer. Not an auspicious entry to the game. The momentum of the game had swung Leicester's way and Spurs could not stop that. Vardy went for power instead of accuracy and shot wide, but on a rare foray forward, Rose put the ball across the box to Aurier and his low ball powerfully hit across goal didn't find a white shirt there to put it in. With eight minutes left, Son played Kane in for a shot from just inside the box, but his left foot drive was straight at Schmeichel.
Then, following another Leicester substitution, they scored what turned out to be the winner. Choudhury, who had just come on, played the ball from the inside left channel to Maddison, 25 yards out just left of centre. He drove a low skidding shot to Gazzaniga's right and the ball beat him into the bottom corner of the goal. It was a blow when we could have been ahead and reasonably comfortable (for a 2-0 lead) and now it had turned the opposite way.
Poch threw on Moura, but the last few minutes were all about Christian Erisken, with the opportunity to put the ball into the box on four occasions, all of which failed to produce a chance. And with that the points were staying in the East Midlands and Spurs found themselves in a deepening crisis ... if you believe what you hear on the radio, TV and Internet. Whatever you think, this match showed that they are being decided on ever decreasingly narrow margins. But for where someone decided to draw a line, Spurs could have been coming home with a 2-0 win instead of nothing. Maybe what it shows is that teams will have to score more goals than they think to win a game, with Leicester's disadvantageous decision being a little more clear cut, but this being the first ever game for two goals to be disallowed by VAR. It will only get worse, but when it comes down to it, it is still about someone's decision, albeit not within a hundred miles of the pitch.
Looking at it objectively (well as objectively as I can as a Spurs fan), Spurs were fortunate to go ahead on the balance of play, but had enough chances to take all the points, while the home team could also have scored more, with a draw probably being the fairest outcome.
But who said life was fair ?.
Mauricio Pochettino took
charge of the Spurs team for the 250th time.
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|What you thought|
|Other scores during this week :|
|Newcastle United||0||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||Saturday|
|West Ham United London||2||Manchester United||0||Sunday|
|Crystal Palace||1||Wolverhampton Wanderers||1||Sunday|
|League Table 2019-20|
|5||West Ham United London||6||3||2||1||8||7||11||+1|
|11||Frank Lampard's Chelsea||6||2||2||2||12||13||8||-1|
|15||Brighton & Hove Albion||6||1||3||2||5||8||6||-3|
Position before match :
Position after match : 5th
Position after the weekend : 7th
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