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Wasteful Leicester lose out to Spurs at Wembley

Tottenham Hotspur 3:1 Leicester City

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City were the better side against Tottenham in a 3-1 defeat at Wembley on Sunday, but failed to turn chances into goals…

Claude Puel starting XI saw Vardy relegated to the bench, and Tielemans in for Ndidi, though Mendy injured himself in the warm-up and Ndidi was reinstated.
The exclusion of Vardy fuelled the rumours that he had fallen out with Puel, but the Frenchman commented: “I would like to develop other options than Jamie.” 

After some early Spurs pressure we got our first glimpse of Tielemans who played a fine ball through to Gray in the 7th minute, but the threat was extinguished by Sánchez.
A minute later Maguire got a firm header to a Maddison free-kick, but Lloris managed to guide it over the bar.
Another great ball from Teilemans sent set Barnes up for a chance, but he missed the target, going narrowly wide of the right hand post.
In the 16th minute there were loud calls for a penalty when Son went down under a challenge from Maguire on edge of the area, but referee Michael Oliver produced a yellow card for simulation.
Two minutes later Rose cut in from the left and fired in a shot but Schmeichel stood firm to block from close quarters.
As the game moved from end to end Maddison wasted a decent chance with a tame, off-target effort. Then Ndidi bodged an attempt from close in after a good Chilwell cross, but the linesman’s flag spared his blushes.
Chilwell then did well to recover a ball he’d lost before setting up Barnes with a golden chance. But he snatched at his shot and sent it wide of the left hand post.
After a good spell for City it was Spurs who took a 33rd minute lead. A superb cross from Eriksen found Sánchez, who got a yard ahead of Maguire to send a thumping header past Schmeichel, for his first goal for Spurs.
City pressed forward as half time approached, but a series of corners came to nothing. The best chance came from Tielemans who retrieved a ball from the dead ball line and delivered a swerving shot that almost caught out Lloris at his near post.
But a decent performance still saw City trailing at the break, with the number of chances missed suggesting that playing without a striker might not be the best idea.

However, City started the second half unchanged.
City created the first decent chance of the half when Ricardo curled in a cross, but Gray’s header went straight at Lloris. Five minutes later Gray turned and fired in a shot, but again it lacked the striker’s instinct, going straight at Lloris.
At last Vardy was standing ready to be brought on in the 57th minute, when City were awarded a penalty after Verthongen knocked Maddison over as he was shaping to shoot.
Vardy came on for Gray, Maddison gladly handed the ball over and Vardy was in the rare position of taking a penalty with his first touch. But he sent it too close to Lloris, who guessed right and tipped it round the left hand post.
To make matters worse, Spurs then doubled their lead in the 64th minute.
As City failed to clear a Tottenham attack, Eriksen was given time and space on the edge of the area to curl a shot just inside the left hand post.
City kept pressing forward and a nod from Vardy sent Barnes clear on goal, but he completed a hat trick of misses firing the ball at Lloris with the goal gaping.
Puel made his second change in the 72nd minute, bringing Iheanacho on for Ghezzal, as City were now dominating play. They pulled a goal back in the 76th minute after a long spell of passes that ended with Ricardo curling a cross in for Vardy to sweep home from close in.
Spurs were clinging to their lead now with City piling forward, and Vardy went close with a snapshot from a Ricardo ball that just beat the angle. Then Iheanacho found the side-netting with a low shot.
But with City pressing so hard they were vunerable to the counter and Spurs sealed the points in the 90th minute. A Chilwell ball into the area gave Sissoko an opportunity to launch a ball forward to Son, Ndidi lost his footing as he tried to intercept and Son hared towards goal before producing a neat finish to win the game.

It had been another baffling performance from City, who looked excellent at times and were the better side, but not having a striker on the field for an hour led to missed chances. And then when a striker came on, he missed a spot kick.
Claude Puel reflected:“It’s the same feeling after our game against United. Another time today, we made good collective performance, with good quality and good moves. We hurt them, without finding efficiency. It’s a big shame.”

Perhaps the most positive thing about the afternoon was the performance of Tielemans, who looked a class act and should give Vardy some bullets to fire. Assuming Puel will put Vardy back in the starting line-up…

Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Sánchez, Vertonghen, Rose (Walker-Peters 88), Winks, Sissoko, Skipp (Alderweireld 71), Eriksen, Llorente (Wanyama 80), Son Heung-Min.
Substitutes: Foyth, Gazzaniga, Aurier, Lucas Moura
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Ghezzal (Iheanacho 72), Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Okazaki 88), Gray (Vardy 59), 
Substitutes: Simpson, Morgan, Ward, Choudhury.
Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 44,154.

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Spurs edge Leicester out in Wembley goal feast

Tottenham Hotspur 5:4 Leicester City

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City ended the season with defeat against Tottenham in a hugely entertaining nine-goal thriller at Wembley…

Claude Puel made two changes for his final starting XI of the season, with Gray and Iborra in for Diabate and Choudhury.
From early on this game had an end-of-term feel about it, and the goals soon started to fly in.
City took a fourth minute lead. Gray was fouled by Walker-Peters down the left, Mahrez swung the free-kick in, and Vardy’s delicate nod steered the ball beyond Lloris and into the far corner.
However, while the City fans were still celebrating, Tottenham were back on level terms. An attempted pass from Simpson struck Lucas and rebounded into the path of Kane, who charged up-field and beat Jakupovic low to his right.
Spurs had a good attacking spell following their goal: Eriksen sent a shot straight at Jakupovic, and then Simpson did well with a clearing header from a dangerous cross.
But it was City who next troubled the scoreboard. After winning the ball in midfield Mahrez found Iheanacho, who played a short ball to Silva, who nudged the ball onto Vardy. Vardy was blocked as he attempted to pull the trigger, but Mahrez was following up to blast the loose ball home.

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City should have gone further ahead in the 25th minute. A sweeping upfield move involving Gray, Iheanacho and Vardy saw Gray in on goal, but his shot lacked venom and Lloris pulled off a fine save.
City then caused Spurs problems with a couple of corners, but Maguire couldn’t find the right touch at the far post.
Spurs had another good spell up to the break and Maguire put in a couple of vital challenges to deny Kane and then Sissoko, ensuring City went in at half time with the lead.

Just two minutes into the second half City extended their lead with a superb effort.
Iheanacho picked up a loose ball in midfield and shrugged off the challenge of Wanyama, before launching a rocket into the top right hand corner.

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Sadly, City never got a chance to sit on the two goal lead, as Spurs hit back two minutes later. An intricate Spurs passing move through City’s defence provided a tap-in for Lamela, who looked offside, but the linesman was deaf to Leicester’s appeals.
Four minutes later Spurs levelled the game with a slice of fortune.
Lamela’s shot from close in was heading wide after a deflection off Maguire, but it then hit Fuchs’ knee and found the net.
At the other end, Maguire hit a shot narrowly wide, before Tottenham took the the lead for the first time on the hour.
It was another gift. Gray chested the ball down into the path of  Walker-Peters, who crossed for Lamela, all on his own and he beat Jakupovic from 6 yards.
City rallied themselves after conceding three goals in 11 minutes.
After some good work down the right, Mahrez teed up Iheanacho whose hard and low shot forced a fine save from Lloris.
City then drew level in the 73rd minute. After a wrestling match in City’s area between Morgan and Kane, the ref waved play on and Jakupovic set the counter-attack in motion. City raced upfield, Man City style, and Mahrez threaded a ball through the defence for Vardy who smashed his 20th league goal of the season in the roof of the net from an acute angle.

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But again, the City corner didn’t have long to celebrate as Tottenham came back with the winner three minutes later. Choudhury bought a Kane dummy hook, line and sinker on the edge of the area, allowing the England striker time to line up a shot into the top right hand corner.
City had one more chance to equalise, but Vardy lashed an effort over the bar, and the season ended as it had started, with a high scoring defeat in North London.
It was a strange feeling to come away from Wembley feeling disapointed but entertained, as opposed to the usual triumph or despair.

2017-18 was a funny old season, ninth place and two cup quarter-finals beats just about every campaign in the club’s history, but a sense of an opportunity missed pervades.
Big changes may be coming this summer and we are all hoping that the club’s owners can make decisions to match their ambitions.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Dier, Rose, Sissoko (Son Heung-min 84), Wanyama, Lamela (Sánchez 78), Eriksen, Lucas Moura (Alli 74), Kane.
Substitutes: Vorm, Llorente, Foyth, Davies.
Leicester: Jakupovic, Simpson (Choudhury 56), Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho (Barnes 85), Gray (Diabaté 61), Vardy.
Substitutes: Hamer, Benalouane, Ndukwu, Hughes.

Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 77,841.


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Leicester see off Spurs with world class finishing

Leicester City 2:1 Tottenham Hotspur

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A superb display from City, and two brilliant strikes from Vardy and Mahrez, earned a 2-1 victory against Spurs at the KPS on Tuesday night…

Claude Puel made two changes to his starting line-up, with Chilwell in for Fuchs – on paternity leave – and Okazaki replacing Gray.
It was high-tempo stuff right from the start. with City pressing forward early on before Tottenham settled. Schmeichel dithered over a back-pass but just managed to clear with Kane almost robbing him of the ball.
Vardy chased a through ball but Lloris raced out to sweep up and Ndidi then connected well with a shot, but the Spurs keeper was comfortably behind it.
Morgan went close with a header from a corner but it was cleared from near the goal-line, and Tottenham then threatened when Rose found room down the left, but his low cross into the six yard box was well blocked by Morgan.
City took the lead in spectacular fashion in the 13th minute. Albrighton’s looping cross from the left was chased by Vardy, who allowed it to drop over his shoulder before deftly flicking it over Lloris. Having suffered taunts from the Spurs fans about his wife’s appearance in the Australian jungle, he then went over to celebrate in the visitor’s corner.

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Tottenham came close to levelling in the 17th minute when Kane sent Sissoko in on goal, but Schmeichel blocked the shot with his legs and Iborra cleared as the loose ball looped towards the net.
As Spurs pressed forward again Kane twisted and turned in the area, making room for a shot, but his attempted curler into the top corner went high and wide.
Ndidi then attempted another shot from the edge of the area, but missed the left hand post by a few yards.
In the 32nd minute Kane set up Alli for a gilt-edged chance, but his shot from 16 yards lacked pace and Schmeichel saved.
At the other end, Morgan headed over from a Mahrez free kick and Rose blocked a low Vardy cross from the left.
With half-time approaching, City’s recent habit of conceding just before the break hung over the ground, but City did better than holding the lead, they doubled it.
Mahrez cut in from the right wing and accelerated towards the penalty area, before placing a beautiful shot into the top left hand corner.

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Tottenham dominated posession in the second half, but City looked dangerous on the break.
Kane swept a shot across goal that went well wide, before Okazaki got too much on a header from a fine Albrighton cross and sent it over the bar.
Spurs continued to create, and miss chances. Sanchez headed well wide under no pressure and then Eriksen then produced a woeful shot with the goal at his mercy inside the six yard box.
But a nervy end to the game was ensured when Spurs finally found the net in the 78th minute. Lamela threaded a ball through to Kane who lashed a right-footer into the top right hand corner from 8 yards.

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It was backs-to-the-wall stuff for City now and Claude Puel introduced the fresh legs of Choudhury for Okazaki.
Spurs turned up the pressure and Aurier delivered a superb cross from the right but Llorente blazed it over at the far post.
Hearts were in mouths late into added time when Rose went down in the area after an Ndidi challenge, but referee Anthony Taylor waved play-on, to huge relief.
Soon after that he blew for time and a huge roar celebrated a fine result.
It had been a fantastic team performance, but a special mention has to go to Iborra who made City tick with his Man of the Match display in midfield.

Claude Puel summed up the win that took City up to 9th place: “I would say it is the best performance so far. There are encouraging signs going forward. The goals were fantastic, but not just the goals. The quality with the ball was good as well. It was difficult against a good team to keep this result but I think the team worked hard for each other with solidarity and desire and it was a fantastic game for us.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez (Gray 77), Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Okazaki (Choudhury 83), Vardy (Slimani 88).
Substitutes: King, Hamer, Dragovic, Amartey.
Tottenham: Lloris, Dier, Sánchez, Vertonghen, Aurier, Sissoko (Son Heung-min 57), Dembélé (Llorente 69), Eriksen (Lamela 77), Rose, Kane, Alli.
Substitutes: Trippier, Vorm, Foyth, Davies.

Referee: A Taylor. Attendance: 31,950.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 


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Leicester hit for six by Tottenham

Leicester City 1:6 Tottenham Hotspur

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City were swept aside by a rampant Tottenham at the KPS on Thursday night, as Harry Kane racked up four goals…

Criag Shakespeare made one change to his side, with Amartey replacing King in midfield, and Huth, Morgan and Drinkwater all on the injury list.
Spurs had the first chance of the night after 5 minutes when Kane played Son in, but Chilwell nipped in to divert his shot wide.
Three minutes later, Son found some room again but sent his shot well over.
A minute after this, Mahrez cruised through a group of four yellow shirts and set up Vardy, whose fierce shot went stright at Lloris.
In a lively end-to-end opening spell, Amartey then saw his shot from the edge of the area deflecting kindly for Lloris to make an easy save.
Spurs should have taken the lead after 15 minutes, but Son still hadn’t adjusted his sights and blazed over with only Schmeichel to beat.

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Tottenham were in control of the game by the 20th minute, and Kane turned and delivered a curling effort that went narrowly wide.
The visitors took the lead in the 25th minute. A long ball down the right from Alderweireld saw Fuchs gambling on trying to reach it rather than running back. He didn’t and Son was in on goal, cutting back for Kane to find the net from close in.
Spurs continued to push forward and Schmeichel made a fine save to block an Alli header.
At the other end there were loud appeals for a penlty when Vardy was floored by  Alderweireld in the area, but Michael Oliver waved play on.
Spurs doubled their lead in the 36th minute. Alli flicked the ball over the City defence and the alert Son ran through to volley it home.

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City were having a torrid time now, with Spurs well on top. Kane had a shot blocked and Schmeichel saved well from Dier, with no doubt as to which side were most pleased to hear the half time whistle.

Craig Shakespeare made a change at the break, bringing Slimani on for Okazaki, and City looked better in the early stages of the second half.
Benalouane headed a Mahrez corner over the bar, and Albrighton had a shot blocked.
City then pulled a goal back in the 59th minute. Lloris came racing well out of his goal to meet the advancing Vardy and the ball rebounded to Ndidi who squared to Chilwell.
Resisting the urge to take a first time shot at an unguarded goal, the youngster rounded a challenge on the edge of the area and cooly slotted the ball past the defender on the line.
City were back in the game now, but sadly this only lasted for three minutes.
Alderweireld delivered a cross from the right, Wanyama nodded back across goal from the far post and Kane headed home from three yards, to snuff out City’s revival.
Shakespeare made his second change bringing Gray on for Benalouane, and moving Amartey back into defence.
City fell further behind in the 70th minute when Son sidestepped his way past three defenders before finding the bottom right hand corner from the edge of the area.

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Gray then sent Slimani in down the left but his shot went straight at Lloris who blocked at the near post.
Musa replaced Vardy with 12 minutes left, but City looked increasingly poor as the game entered the last ten minutes.
After several attempts Kane completed his hat trick in the 89th minute, firing a low shot through Simpson’s legs from the edge of the area.
And he wasn’t done yet, scoring an almost identical goal in the second minute of time added on to complete the six goal rout.

Craig Shakespeare summed up: “There are no positives. We were totally second-best.”
If he can pick his players up off the floor, a win against Bournemouth on Sunday could still see a top half finish from this bizarre season. It might be a big job.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane (Gray 66), Fuchs, Chilwell, Mahrez, Amartey, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki (Slimani 46), Vardy (Musa 78).
Subs Not Used: Kapustka, Zieler, Wasilewski, Moore.

Tottenham: Lloris, Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen, Sissoko (Nkoudou 90), Wanyama, Dembele (Lesniak 86), Davies, Alli, Son (Janssen 78), Kane.
Subs Not Used: Vorm, Eriksen, Wimmer, Shashoua.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 31,351.

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Leicester make their point at Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur 1:1 Leicester City


City battled to their first away point of the season after going behind to a very soft penalty decision at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon…

Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side with Vardy back in and Slimani left out with a slight groin strain.
Unbeaten Spurs had an early spell of pressure, Alli fired in a shot from the edge of the area following a corner but Schmeichel got down to it well.
The City keeper then made a comfortable save from a long-range Rose effort and watched Eriksen’s free-kick go narrowly wide, before City had their first chance. Okazaki got his head to a Mahrez cross but cleared the bar.
Fuchs then attempted an audacious volley from a deep Mahrez corner but sent his well struck effort just over from 20 yards.
Five minutes before the break Spurs got nearer when Walker’s cut back from the right was side-footed against the crossbar by Alli from 12 yards.
However, City were not to go down the tunnel on level terms. In the 44th minute Janssen, with Huth’s hand on his shoulder, threw himself to the ground, and referee Bobby Madley bought it. Janssen sent his ill-gotten spot-kick down the middle, just evading Schmeichel’s flailing boot.

City emerged for the second half looking purposeful, and were soon back on level terms.
In the 48th minute, a wayward back header from Wanyama sent Vardy haring down the right. He squared for Musa who slid the ball in off Lloris, picking up a knock on his way into the back of the net.
An Alli dive, his third of the game, saw Spurs awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area, but Janssen’s curving effort went inches wide of the right hand post.
The same player then brushed the same post moments later with a low shot on the turn as Tottenham increased the pressure in search of a winner.
But City – with Schlupp, Albrighton and Ulloa introduced to the action – then had a very good spell of their own and Fuchs, seemingly attempting to outdo his first goal last week, attempted another ambitious voley, which went high and wide.
Spurs best chance of a winner came when Wanyama swung a cross in from the right and Vertonghen sent a firm header against the bar.
The final chance fell for substitute Ulloa, who got his head to a Fuchs free-kick but directed his effort wide.

Claudio Ranieri was happy with the first away point of the season: “This was a very big result – we need confidence at this moment – and a fantastic performance against a good team, our rivals last season. I’m very pleased. We started well; we tried to win, they tried to win, a very good match, this is the magic of Premier League football.”

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Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Rose, Vertonghen, Son, Janssen, Wanyama (Winks 87), Dier, Dembele, Alli (Nkoudou 83), Eriksen. Subs Not Used: Vorm, Trippier, Onomah, Davies, Carter-Vickers. 
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater, King, Mahrez (Albrighton 72), Musa (Schlupp 68), Okazaki (Ulloa 78), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Hernández, Amartey, Gray. 
Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 31.868.



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Leicester eased out of the Cup by Spurs

Leicester City 0:2 Tottenham Hotspur

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Claudio Ranieri made his priorities clear as City fielded a fringe side in a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham in the FA Cup 3rd round replay at the KPS…

Only Schmeichel, Drinkwater and Simpson remained from the starting XI at Villa, with the latter standing in for De Laet who injured himself in the pre-match warm-up.
The third meeting between these two sides in just ten days saw an opening spell of midfield pinball, before the first chance fell to Eriksen, who missed the target after being teed up by Son.
City, were very limited going forward and the first chance came after 28 minutes. Although Inler got his 20 yard free-kick over the wall and on target it didn’t stretch Vorm in the Spurs goal.

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The visitors dominated play up the break: Davies went close with a shot, Wasilewski blocked a Chadli effort, and Lamela sent a header over the bar.
Spurs took the lead six minute before half-time as Son, in on the right, gained himself a yard on Chilwell before beating Scmeichel with a fine strike into the top right hand corner.
City tried to haul themselves back into the game up to the break, but Ulloa missed the target with his 20 yard shot and both Inler and Benalouane failed to trouble Vorm with ambitious overhead shots.

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The second half saw Okazaki on for Drinkwater and City’s performance improved for a while with his injection of enthusiasm.
The Japanese international was involved in a move that ended with Gray seeing his curling shot tipped away by Vorm, denied a goal on his impressive home debut.
Pochettino then introduced Kane to the game and he soon forced a good block from Schmeichel at his near post.
But Spurs then wrapped the game up in the 66th minute when Chadli seized on Son’s slide-rule through-ball and beat Schmeichel with a low shot.
City couldn’t pull a goal back, Gray fired a shot over, Albrighton had a fierce shot saved by Vorm, and the ball wouldn’t quite run for Vardy when he came on for the closing stages.

It was a disappointing night for a sell-out crowd, many of whom were not regulars, and thousands of whom, were outside at kick-off due to technical difficulties.
But it was a case of priorities for a club that doesn’t have the strength in depth of those they are hoping to compete with in the Premier League.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Albrighton 63), Wasilewski, Benalouane, Chilwell, Drinkwater (Okazaki 46), King, Inler, Gray, Dyer (Vardy 74), Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Morgan, Kanté, Mahrez.
Tottenham: Vorm, Walker, Wimmer, Dier, Davies, Eriksen, Carroll, Bentaleb, Chadli (Onomah 73), Lamela (Kane 60), Son (Alli 84). Subs Not Used: Lloris, Vertonghen, Trippier, Winks.

Referee: A Taylor. Attendance: 30,006.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber


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Leicester Earn Their Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur 0:1 Leicester City

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City proved themselves to be serious title contenders with a 1:0 win against Spurs at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night…

Only Schmeichel and Kanté started from the FA Cup starting line-up at the same ground three days previously, with one change being made from the previous league outing, Okazaki in for Ulloa to partner Vardy up front.
Spurs got off to a strong start and Eriksen and Alderweireld forced saves from Schmeichel while Alli sent a shot wide.
City then got their high-tempo passing game together and created chances for Okazaki and Kanté which both missed the target.
The next one was on target, a Fuchs long throw was nodded on by the busy Okazaki and Drinkwater’s fierce shot was denied by a superb save from Lloris.
A dipping shot from Eriksen, blocked by Schmeichel was the last real chance of the half and the sides went in goalless at the break after another intriguing contest.

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City came out of their corner swinging punches and Drinkwater and Vardy both had shots blocked in an early spell of pressure.
But it looked as though Tottenham would surely take the lead on the hour when Lamela slipped a ball through the defence that sent Kane in one on one with Schmeichel. The Danish keeper spread himself well and managed to get a touch to the England striker’s low shot that deflected the ball up and onto the bar, with the goal gaping.
With twenty minutes remaining Claudio Ranieri brought Ulloa on for Vardy and his brief front pairing with Okazaki worked well.
In one frantic passage of play in the Spurs area Mahrez, Drinkwater and Ulloa all had shots blocked before the home side finally cleared their lines.
King replaced Okazaki in the 77th minute before a finely balanced game finally tipped City’s way with 7 minutes remaining.

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As City lined up for a corner Ulloa seemed to be getting all the attention of the Spurs defence.  This left Huth lurking unmarked in the background and as Fuchs’ flag-kick came over the German had time to direct a thumping header beyond Lloris and into the top left hand corner.
This signalled manic scenes in the away corner which were further inflamed when news broke of Liverpool’s equaliser against Arsenal.
City’s defence remained unbreachable up to the final whistle which saw them level on points with the Gunners at the top of the table.
Remarkably, 43 points saw City overhaul last season’s total of 41.

While this result underlined City’s right to be where they are in the league Claudio Ranieri still had his feet on the ground:  “It’s January. What a pity! If it was May, maybe. We must continue to work hard, to keep our feet on the ground. It is a crazy, crazy league this year and we must continue.”

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Kane, Lamela, Dier (Onomah 90), Alli, Eriksen (Dembele 70), Carroll (Son 82), Davies. Subs Not Used: Vorm, Rose, Trippier, Wimmer.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez (Dyer 90), Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki (King 77), Vardy (Ulloa 70). Subs Not Used: Gray, Wasilewski, Schwarzer, Inter.

Referee: L Mason. Attendance: 35,850.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.


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