Spurs vs Leicester: Son & Kane Bolster Top Four Bid
Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane bolstered Tottenham Hotspur’s top-four ambitions after securing a 3-1 win over Leicester City on May 1st.
After suffering defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion and drawing against Brentford in their last two outings, Spurs demonstrated their class with another inspiring performance that put them above rivals Arsenal and fourth in the Premier League – for a few hours at least.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte said:
“We got three points at an important moment of the season, especially because we will face Liverpool and then Arsenal in the next games.”
Trusted attacking duo Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane boosted Spurs’ Champions League qualification hopes. At the same time, Cristian Romero delivered an imposing display at the back with a double tackle that led to a goal.
The first goal came in the form of a header from Kane (22′), ending his five-game goal drought. Then, Dejan Kulusevski – a surprise omission from the Spurs starting XI – came off the bench to set up Son’s (60′) first goal of the game.
Son ensured Spurs would take all three points after curling a stunning finish past Kasper Schmeichel in the 79th minute.
Heung-Min Son is Tottenham Hotspur’s most prolific player for the 2021/22 Premier League campaign. The two goals against Leicester City took his tally to 19, meaning that only Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah has netted more Premier League goals than Son this season.
Son’s performance also helped Antonio Conte’s side keep their top-four dream alive by ramping up pressure on London rivals Arsenal, which Spurs are scheduled to play on Thursday 12th May at 19:45.
GOAL – Son
ASSIST – Kulusevski
ELITE TACKLES – Romero pic.twitter.com/L1WbUIwA2W
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 1, 2022
Tottenham Hotspur Top Four Dream Remains Alive
Spurs’ top four pushback remains on course following their comfortable 3-1 win over a much-changed Leicester side.
Although Leicester City threatened first, with an early attempt from Patson Daka striking the post, Spurs found the breakthrough midway through the first half.
Leicester’s set-piece came back to bite them after a pinball in their half, and a shot from Ben Davies deflected behind for a corner. Son took the corner, and it was all too easy for Harry Kane, who found space in Leicester’s area to plant a header past Schmeichel into the bottom corner.
Brendan Roger’s side pressed and feverishly battled for the ball to try and draw even before the break but Spurs denied them any chance.
With the game starting to feel a little tense after half-time, Antonio Conte replaced Lucas Moura with Dejan Kulusevski, and the Sweden international made an immediate impact. He skipped through a couple of challenges and picked out Son in the box, who scored the second.
Spurs also threatened in the 68th minute after Son fired a header straight at Schmeichel, prompting Rogers to make a few more substitutes. But it wasn’t enough as two soon became three for Tottenham.
With just 11 minutes left on the clock, Son collected the ball from Kulusevski and curled a stunning effort past Schmeichel to secure all three points.
Although a late consolation from Kelechi Iheanacho put the Foxes on the scoresheet, Tottenham Hotspur proved too strong for the makeshift Leicester defence, with most of their regular starters sidelined to prioritise the Europa Conference League semi-final against Roma.
Fifth-placed Spurs are now on to 61 points, two behind Arsenal, who moved back into fourth after defeating West Ham United 2-1 away from home later in the day. Leicester currently occupies 11th on 42 points, with five matches left to play.
Man of the Match: Heung-Min Son
Spurs Starting XI
H Lloris (c)
E Leite de Souza Junior
The Manager’s Thoughts
After the match, Antonio Conte said:
“No one at the start of the season would have imagined Spurs fighting for a place in the Champions League, especially following the managerial change. For this reason, we have to be satisfied that we stay in this position and fight for a big achievement.”
⏰ It’s time…#ConteCam is here! 🙌
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 3, 2022
Spurs v Arsenal: North London Derby
With just two points separating Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, and five matches left for either side to play, the north London derby on May 12th will certainly not be for the faint-hearted!
Tottenham Hotspur has been backed to claim the fourth position and advance to the Champions League group stages following their win over Leicester City.
Former Tottenham star Jamie O’Hara has insisted that Arsenal will slip up in their next three matches, adding that Spurs could pull a shock result when they travel to Anfield to face title-chasing Liverpool on May 7th.
Spurs and Liverpool played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the home fixture at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Although Liverpool has not lost any of their last five EPL matches and will certainly have a fire lit under them as they push to achieve the unprecedented quadruple, Spurs are also vying for that top-four spot.
If the Premier League’s most prolific attacking duo perform as they did at Leicester in the remaining matches of the season, Conte’s side could snatch the fourth spot away from Arsenal.
There’s no room for slip-ups for Tottenham in the remainder of the campaign.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Tottenham is travelling to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday, May 7th, before hosting Arsenal on Thursday, May 12th.