Leicester 0-2 Tottenham: Spurs win without Kane or Eriksen

Dele Alli scored his 50th Spurs goal and him and Son produced a masterclass to beat Leicester City 2-0 away from home.

Heung-Min Son scored in the 46th minute with a sublime effort beating Kasper Schmeichel.

Dele Alli headed home 12 minutes later to secure all three points.

A win for Tottenham sees them stay in third place and are now only six points of top of the league after Manchester City lost to Chelsea.

COMBINED XI

GOALKEEPER: Hugo Lloris- Looked comfortable and kept a clean sheet but did look a bit hasty when he sliced his own clearance.

RIGHT BACK: Ricardo Pereira- I’ve been really impressed by the Portuguese full back and I think tonight showed why he is so highly rated. Didn’t do much wrong and constantly offered a threat out wide.

CENTRE BACK: Jan Vertonghen- It was refreshing to see him back in the team. He led Spurs superbly and the best Tottenham centre half partnership worked wonders!

CENTRE BACK: Toby Alderweireld- Nothing too amazing but he got a clean sheet. What else can you ask for?

LEFT BACK: Ben Davies- This was the best performance I’ve ever seen Davies have in a white shirt. Demarai Gray constantly tried to take him on but Davies made nine successful tackles!

CENTRE DEF MIDFIELD: Harry Winks- Poch kept the faith in Harry after a disappointing midweek showing and he didn’t let his gaffer down. He simply kept the game ticking and wasn’t afraid to put in a few challenges.

CENTRE DEF MIDFIELD: Eric Dier- Dier kept collecting the ball from the defence and he once again did the basics right.

RIGHT MIDFIELD: James Maddison- Not an outstanding performance but he was one of the few Leicester players who wasn’t scared to at least try and beat their man.

CENTRE ATT MIDFIELD: Dele Alli- He did everything right tonight and he was the key player for Tottenham tonight. He took his goal well and scored his 50th for Tottenham.

LEFT MIDFIELD: Heung-Min Son- Son’s superb strike on the stroke of half time gave Tottenham the much needed impetus to go and win the game. Got the assist for the second as well. Undoubtedly Man of the Match.

STRIKER: Lucas Moura- On a individual note, Lucas will be frustrated to have not put his stamp on the team. Although he was playing out of position, he worked hard for the team and as a fan that’s all you can ask for.

A bad day at the office for; Moussa Sissoko

It was another poor performance from Sissoko. He hardly got on the ball and he went missing for the majority of the game. Tottenham fans will want to see Sissoko doing surging runs down the pitch but unfortunately they did not see it. I’m not sure if right midfield is the right position for him and he may be better suited to being an holding midfielder.

OPINION:

This is a very impressive victory from Spurs which sees them remain in third place. They battled hard and took their chances. On the balance of play I think arguably a draw would’ve been fair but Tottenhams defensive solidity showed and their class finishing was on show for all the see. Heung-Min Son had a tremendous game for Spurs and the way he and Alli attacked together was palpable.

I’m happy that Harry Winks had a much improved performance and the same goes for Serge Aurier; who took a lot of criticism for the Arsenal loss. He was strong and had a much better performance this time round.

It was interesting to see Harry Kane and Eriksen both being rested but it was probably the right decision, considering they have a must win game coming up at the Nou Camp. However, some Spurs fans are slating Poch for bringing them on and wasting their energy when they were already two up. I’m going to back Pochettino here and say that he needed to keep their match fitness and sharpness up.

Overall, a good performance from Tottenham but Leicester should not be too disheartened from their performance as they battled hard and were unlucky to not score one. I thought they gave it a good go. The result at Stamford Bridge has really opened up the Premier league title race and leaves Tottenham only six points off top of the league. They can now be considered outsiders for the title.

Leicester player ratings: Schmeichel (5), Periera (7), Morgan (6), Evans (7), Chilwell (6), Mendy (6), Iborra (6), Ndidi (7), Gray (7), Iheanacho (6), Maddison (7)

Subs: Albrighton (6), Ghezzal (6), Okazaki (6)

Tottenham player ratings: Lloris (7), Aurier (7), Alderweireld (7), Vertonghen (7), Davies (8), Winks (7), Dier (7), Sissoko (6), Alli (9), Son (9), Lucas (7)

Subs: Eriksen (6), Kane (7), Walker-Peters (6)

Referee: Craig Pawson

Attendance: 31,957

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