Tottenham Hotspur – Leicester City: Harry Kane Puts On A Show As Spurs Put Leicester’s Champions League Hopes In Jeopardy (3-0)
If there was one game that fit the pattern of a ‘Mourinho masterclass’, it was this. For all the possession that Leicester City enjoyed, not once did Brendan Rodgers’s side look likely to threaten Mourinho’s defensive-minded Spurs. Instead, the visitors received a clinic in finishing from a rejuvenated Harry Kane, whose performance in this match was the culmination of a series of encouraging post-restart displays.
Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.
With even vague remnants of Mauricio Pochettino’s approach long gone, Spurs have morphed into a team built in their manager’s image. Therefore, even though question marks can be placed over whether Mourinho has what it takes to coach a modern elite team, Spurs look likely to secure Europa League football this season.
Mourinho lined his side in a 4-2-3-1 shape, with Harry Kane leading the line supported by Giovani Lo Celso and wingers Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min. Behind them sat the double pivot Two central midfielders next to each other. of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko. Meanwhile, the defense was composed of Serge Aurier, Davinson Sánchez, Toby Alderweireld and Ben Davies.
Following a stunning 4-1 collapse to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, Leicester City desperately needed a win against Spurs to take some pressure off their final league game against Manchester United. Their inability to stitch together wins in the second half of the season has been astonishing to say the least, and this dire run of form has now placed a seemingly secure Champions League berth in considerable doubt.
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