Leicester City 1-1 Spurs Match Report
My first visit to the King Power this season, as I was on holiday for Sunderland, I was impressed how fresh it was looking. There was an air of excitement from City fans and rightly so after a terrific start. Earlier in the week, we saw the addition of Gokhan Inler, a signing that has got the City faithful buzzing as displayed in the club shop with many shirts donning his name.
The clap banners returned. Love them or hate them, they get everyone involved and the atmosphere is second to none. The teams emerged onto the pitch with City looking slick in their white training tops, something Ranieri has clearly brought in to the club as it has that classy Italian feel to it.
The weather was glorious, but the heat did not lend itself to fast free flowing football which stifled City throughout the game. They weren’t their usual rampant self and appeared to be happy to let Tottenham have possession, sitting back keeping their shape. This limited Spurs to only one clear 1st half chance, which Schmeichel saved with relative ease.
Albrighton carved out City’s best 1st half chance, but saw his shot well wide. Mahrez should have had a penalty with the ref in a clear position to see it, but he waved away the appeals.
2nd half, City stepped up the tempo a little. Vardy worked tirelessly to try to carve out chances and Okazaki looked to run into the channels, but it just wasn’t coming off. Mahrez continued to look dangerous, who eventually beat Lloris, only to be denied by the woodwork.
It was like a game of chess, with each team looking to build slowly. This had an effect on the crowd who, much like the game, failed to really get going until the final 10 minutes. Leicester made 2 changes, bringing on Kante and Inler for Albrighton and Drinkwater respectively. The change gave us a momentary lapse of concentration allowing Chadli to wriggle through and get a cross to the far post. Schlupp lost his man, Alli, who converted with a diving header from close range to make it 1-0 with 9 to play.
Seconds after the restart, Leicester kept their heads, unlike Spurs, who lost their composure. Morgans’ long pass to Vardy was flicked on to Mahrez who weaved his way into the box, curling a sublime left foot shot past a diving Lloris, sending the crowd wild.
City were now looking to win the game. The fresh midfield linked up well carving out a chance from a Mahrez cross to Morgan, whose header was saved by Lloris who didn’t know a lot about it. Either side of him and the 3 points would have been City’s.
Spurs threatened late on with two corners, but the spoils were shared and all in all, a draw was a fair result. It was enough to see City top the league again, if only for 24 hours’
Man of the Match – Riyad Mahrez