Leicester has proved more than a point by frustrating the top-six applecart in the Premier League by defeating Tottenham 2-1 at the King Power on Saturday. Harry’s Kane’s improvised opener shaped Spurs on course for a first away victory in the Premier League since January.
Leicester practically took over the game after a second Tottenham goal midway through the second half was canceled by the finest of margins for offside by VAR. Leicester capitalized on that lift immediately as Ricardo Pereira equalized before James Maddison struck the winning goal from long range five minutes from time.
Brendan Rodgers’s men have now held their own against Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham in the first six games of the season to sit on top three.
“We’re six games in, we are not getting carried away. We had a tough start but I’m so pleased with the players’ focus. Where we are at in the table in February, March time we’ll take a closer look. At the moment it’s about improving our game, bringing a level of emotion and intensity to our game that allows us to maximize the talents that we have. Today, against a top-class side, they were exceptional,” said Rodgers.
In other words, Tottenham have won only two of their first seven matches of the season in all competitions. Though Mauricio Pochettino was not as angry as he was by his team’s output when they lost a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Olympiakos in midweek.
But he bemoaned the momentum swing that a long stoppage in play prior to Serge Aurier’s strike being ruled out, handed Leicester. “The emotion of the game changed. The belief it gave to Leicester made things happen differently,” said Pochettino.
However, Tottenham had also benefited from VAR earlier in the match when Wilfred Ndidi scored only for Ayoze Perez to be judged offside in the build-up by the VAR.
“We all accept that system in the game and now I am not going to complain. We need to be more consistent and show better performances away from home.” added Pochettino.
Following Ndidi’s goal being ruled out by VAR, Tottenham moved to the front in unusual fashion on 29 minutes when Son Heung-min’s backheel found Kane, who stumbled and hit the floor as he bore down on goal.
Notwithstanding, the England captain managed to flick the ball high beyond Kasper Schmeichel from the ground to record his 14th goal in 13 games against Leicester.
He teed up Aurier to fire home from the edge of the area, but the goal was ruled out for Son being barely a millimetre offside in the build-up.
“You have to keep your focus. It’s part of the game you have to adapt to it,” added Rodgers.
Leicester built on that huge lift and went straight down the other end to level when Vardy’s low cross was turned home at the far post by Pereira. Tottenham had many chances to grab back the lead as Aurier fired across goal and wide, while Kane’s effort was too close to Schmeichel.
But they were dashed with the sucker superman’s punch when Maddison pounced on a loose ball and drilled a shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards for his first goal of the season in front of England manager Gareth Southgate.