Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Leicester City: Son Heung-min & Harry Kane clinch victory

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Son Heung-min scores Tottenham's third against Leicester
Son Heung-min has scored a career-high 19 objectives within the Premier League this season, with solely Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (22) having netted extra

Son Heung-min scored twice and Harry Kane rediscovered his contact in entrance of aim as Tottenham beat Leicester to spice up their hopes of a top-four Premier League end.

Kane, goalless in his earlier 5 Spurs video games, headed within the opener from Son’s nook.

Son stroked within the second after being picked out by Dejan Kulusevski, then curled in a sensational third.

Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho scored a comfort with a crisp strike.

Spurs moved into fourth place on the expense of Arsenal, who play at West Ham in a while Sunday.

“It was a terrific, nice afternoon, a terrific match and a terrific efficiency from the group. We completely deserved it,” stated Son, who has scored 19 league objectives this season.

Leicester supervisor Brendan Rodgers made eight adjustments to his beginning XI, with the sport coming in the midst of their two-legged Europa Conference League semi-final in opposition to Roma.

The Foxes stay eleventh within the Premier League desk, that means successful Europe’s third membership competitors appears their solely reasonable route into continental motion subsequent season.

Attacking trio assist Spurs rediscover their groove

With upcoming matches in opposition to title-chasing Liverpool and top-four rivals Arsenal, Tottenham knew the significance of returning to successful methods in opposition to a Leicester facet with extra urgent priorities this week.

Spurs had not gained both their two earlier matches, punished for a sluggish show in a house defeat by Brighton and unable to interrupt down a cussed Brentford final weekend.

What was most startling about these performances, contemplating the quantity of attacking expertise at their disposal, was Spurs’ incapacity to document a shot on course in both sport.

But Antonio Conte’s facet led at half-time at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with their solely effort on course, then rediscovered their attacking verve after the break.

Their trusted mixture up entrance delivered for the primary when Son clipped a nook in the direction of the close to submit, the place Kane had escaped his marker Daniel Amartey to energy in.

“We scored early within the first half and that modified the sport – (we) knew we might have more room within the second half,” stated Son.

Harry Kane heads in Tottenham's opening goal against Leicester
Harry Kane has scored 19 objectives in 18 video games in opposition to Leicester in all competitions – greater than in opposition to every other facet

The begin of the second half was additionally tight earlier than Son – helped by the working and guile of Kulusevski, launched in its place after surprisingly being left on the bench – ensured there was no means again for Leicester.

Tottenham’s reinvigoration in entrance of aim notably happy Conte, who took over from Nuno Espirito Santo with Spurs eighth within the desk.

“No-one might have imagined once I arrived in November we might be on this race nonetheless, however these gamers are deserving to battle for such an essential place. It is just not straightforward to qualify for the Champions League in England,” stated the previous Chelsea, Juventus and Italy supervisor.

“I feel we had been extra medical on this sport. There was house for us and we exploited it very properly. That was the important thing.”

Cheap objectives once more show pricey for Leicester

While Leicester’s most important focus is reaching a primary European closing, Foxes supervisor Rodgers insisted his much-changed facet wouldn’t be distracted from their process at Tottenham.

The guests confirmed little signal of missing cohesion in a assured begin.

Forward Ayoze Perez compelled Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris into a wise cease shortly earlier than Patson Daka thumped the submit, then a harmful cross from Marc Albrighton wanted a swift intervention from Cristian Romero with Perez ready.

But it was the previous failing of defending corners which got here again to wreck Leicester.

“Defending corners has been an issue for us all season – we lack aggression and cuteness. It was so disappointing,” stated Rodgers.

“It is one thing we should take a look at in the summertime by way of personnel. The mentality to go the ball is lacking, it is one thing we would wish to deal with.”

Rodgers was additionally left cursing Caglar Soyuncu’s incapacity to win a unfastened ball in opposition to Romero, which allowed Kulusevski to arrange Son for Spurs’ pivotal second.

“We obtained the sport again once more and began the second half with confidence. We missed a problem we can’t miss they usually find yourself getting the aim from that. The problem is in our favour, we now have to win it,” stated the Northern Irishman.

“The gamers saved preventing and the spirit was there. We saved preventing till the tip. It is irritating due to the character of the sport and there have been plenty of pleasing issues.

“But you may’t give away low-cost objectives.”

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Lloris
  • 4Romero
  • 15Dier
  • 33DaviesBooked at 26mins
  • 12Emerson Royal
  • 30BentancurBooked at 58minsSubstituted forWinksat 82′minutes
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 19R Sessegnon
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forKulusevskiat 55′minutes
  • 10Kane
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forBergwijnat 82′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6D Sánchez
  • 8Winks
  • 14Rodon
  • 21Kulusevski
  • 22Gollini
  • 23Bergwijn
  • 42White
  • 44Scarlett
  • 51Craig

Leicester

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27Castagne
  • 18AmarteyBooked at 63mins
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 11AlbrightonBooked at 48mins
  • 42SoumaréSubstituted forBruntat 67′minutes
  • 24Mendy
  • 17PérezSubstituted forTielemansat 76′minutes
  • 33ThomasBooked at 66mins
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 29DakaSubstituted forVardyat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Justin
  • 3Fofana
  • 7Barnes
  • 8Tielemans
  • 9Vardy
  • 12Ward
  • 20Choudhury
  • 37Lookman
  • 62Brunt

Referee:
Jonathan Moss

Attendance:
59,482

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