It was a game that had no possible impact on Spurs’ final position in the table. Tottenham could’ve come out and played like they couldn’t be bothered. But Mauricio Pochettino’s side were clearly motivated to assert themselves over their rivals from last season.
Tottenham hammered Leicester 6-1 in their penultimate match of the Premier League season. In doing so they reached 83 points, which bests Leicester’s title-winning total of 81 from last season.
Mauricio Pochettino made numerous changes to the lineup that started the final match at White Hart Lane. Mousa Dembele was in despite a foot ailment, while Christian Eriksen dropped to the bench. Spurs stuck with their back three, with Moussa Sissoko coming in at right wing back. Both Kieran Trippier (concussion) and Kyle Walker (ankle) were unavailable due to injury.
There were also spots among the substitutes for youth players Filip Lesniak (21) and Samuel Shashoua (18). Lesniak made a late cameo, his first ever appearance for the senior team.
Leicester’s back-line was full of second-choice players, and it showed. Benalouane and Fuchs partnered in central defense, and Ben Chillwell was at left back.
Son Heung-Min started brightly, almost converting a few early chances developed via Spurs’ high pressing and quick passing. The Korean international did miss a sitter in the 15th minute when he was sent in on goal by a well-timed challenge from Dele Alli. Afterwards, Pochettino was heard/seen yelling at Son for not looking up and squaring the ball for a tap-in.
Sonny took his manager’s advice. In the 25th minute, Tottenham broke through when Son picked his head up and made the pass. Toby Alderweireld found him onside with a long ball, and Son ran into the box unopposed. When Kasper Schmeichel came out to meet him, he just slid the ball over for Harry Kane to finish.
After Kane’s first goal, Spurs continued to dominate save for the odd Leicester counter-attack. It wasn’t long before they added another.
A few quick passes in midfield eventually resulted in the ball at Dele’s feet on the edge of the box. The Young Player of the Year delicately chipped a ball forward for Son, who volleyed it out of the air and into Schmeichel’s side netting.
It was Son’s 20th goal in all competitions. He’s scored some nice goals this campaign, and this one is up there with the best.
Leicester came out with a bit more urgency in the second half. Islam Slimani came on for Shinji Okazaki, and the Foxes initially gave Spurs more trouble than they did in the first half.
A poor back-pass from Dele almost resulted in a goal for Marc Albrighton, but Eric Dier slid in to save the day with a brilliant last-ditch block.
Leicester did get their goal in the 59th minute. Hugo Lloris came out to stop Vardy on a breakaway, but his slide tackle only pushed the ball to Ndidi. Ndidi found Chillwell, and he was able to get the ball past a scrambling Lloris and past Dier’s attempted block on the line.
Spurs’ control of the game had withered, but they responded almost immediately.
Alderweireld played the part of full back, and overlapped out wide to be fed by Sissoko. His cross hung up for Wanyama at the back post, whose deflected header back across was easily finished by Kane from close range.
It was a familiar feeling for Kane; being on the verge of a hat trick against Leicester. His first goal was his 23rd, and the second was his 24th in the Premier League this season. At the moment, that left him tied with Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot.
But Spurs weren’t done! A few minutes later Son got his second goal of the evening too. Tottenham broke forward, and Son peeled away from Leicester defenders to curl one past Schmeichel from 18-yards-out.
Harry really wanted his hat trick, and he got it plus a bit more. The best striker in England added two goals at the very end of the game. Both easily put into Leicester’s net from the edge of the box. The four goals mean Harry’s 26 goals now lead the league.
The rout was completed, but the Spurs fans weren’t satisfied and chanted “We want seven!” in the final moments of the match. Both fans and players were delighted at the team playing the Foxes off the park.