Spurs are headed to the
fifth fourth round of the FA Cup, primarily thanks to some heroics from Son Heung-Min, he was at his best on Wednesday, notching a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win over Leicester City.
Tottenham Hotspur left Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele, Hugo Lloris and both of their starting central defenders on the bench for this game. They never had much of a problem controlling the game despite that, though Leicester's team selection certainly helped in that regard. With Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy resting, the Foxes' counter-attack never looked dangerous, and Spurs had more than two-thirds of the possession in the first half.
The breakthrough finally came in the 39th minute, with Tom Carroll finding Son on the edge of the box. The South Korean dribbled forward, and with Ben Chilwell backing off, ripped a gorgeous shot into the top corner from 15 yards. Kasper Schmeichel won't be thrilled that he was beaten at his near post, but it was a great strike that would have beaten plenty of competent keepers.
Leicester didn't provide much more opposition early in the second half, though Shinji Okazaki's introduction made them look a bit more competent. Spurs sealed the victory in the 66th minute when Son found Nacer Chadli with a spectacular nutmeg throughball, and the Belgian finished comfortably.
Vardy was introduced as a desperation sub in the 74th minute, and Leicester looked much better with him in the side. Still, they couldn't find a way back into the game, as the central defense pairing of Eric Dier and Kevin Wimmer finished the game strongly.
- Leicester really are a two-man team. They have a lot of decent role players, but they're relegation fodder without their two stars.
- Wimmer's ready for more minutes. I'd start him in the Europa League.
- Nabil Bentaleb had a couple of shaky moments, but recovered nicely and put together a very solid performance.
- Poche has to be considering putting Son into the starting XI ahead of Erik Lamela after this performance.
- Kyle Walker over Kieran Trippier for the first XI too, please. Ben Davies was less impressive, however.
- We play away to Colchester next. They're in the drop zone in League One.