Spurs supposed title challenge is beginning to unravel, with Jose Mourinho’s side deservedly losing 2-0 at home to Brendan Rodger’s Leicester today.
The opening half was a dire affair in all honesty, with both sides cancelling each other out, even if Leicester did dominate the ball and it looked destined to end scoreless.
However, on the stroke of half-time Serge Aurier’s erratic side reared its ugly head and Leicester were awarded a penalty when the Ivory Coast defender needlessly shoulder barged into the back on Wesley Fofana on the edge of the area. The Foxes’ talisman Jamie Vardy stepped up and duly smashed the spot-kick straight down the middle and past Hugo Lloris.
Just a couple of minutes into the second period Rodger’s men thought they had increased their lead only see a clinical James Maddison finish ruled out by VAR for a marginal offside.
On the hour mark, however, the Foxes would double their lead, Vardy’s back-post header hitting the thigh of Toby Alderweireld and bouncing past the hapless Lloris.
Spurs pushed on in search of a way back into the game, but apart from a close range Son Hueng Min effort never really looked like breaking down a well-drilled Leicester backline.
Speaking afterwards, Jose Mourinho aired his frustrations, his side now winless in their last three Premier League outings.
“It’s frustrating but I think it’s a strange game to describe,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.
3 – Jamie Vardy has become the first player in the Premier League history to score away to a specific side at three different stadiums, having now scored against Spurs at White Hart Lane, Wembley and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Collection.
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”It’s a game that we lose with the penalty and the own goal. It’s a game where your goalkeeper doesn’t make a single save, but it’s a game that we didn’t play very well. We didn’t start well, but then the period we were playing the best was when we conceded the goal and then the own goal. The team tried and created a few moments. I didn’t think either team played very, very well.
“We had the best chances in the first half, they had two or three good chances and they scored in the penalty which is not even a dangerous situation – the opponent is running away from our goal. The teams are similar levels and it can be a mistake that makes the difference.
“Serge [Aurier] doesn’t need to make the challenge, of course he doesn’t need to. But I’m not going to crucify the player.
“We deserved to win the game at Liverpool and that would have made it in amazing week because nobody has done that for a long time – the team was phenomenal at Liverpool. Now if you look at the table everybody is there.”
Today’s result sees Leicester move up to second while Spurs are in fourth, although Mourinho’s side will drop to fifth if his former club Man United beat Leeds at Old Trafford this afternoon.