Leicester’s poor finishing and missed chances will be haunting them as they lost 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.
The Foxes created plenty of chances in the first half but the scoring was opened by Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez in the 33rd minute after the Leicester defence left Christian Eriksen unmarked on the edge of the box to whip a ball in towards the Colombian.
Leicester continued to press forward after going behind and were looking the better side as they created plenty of chances to level the scoring with their finishing letting them down. Harvey Barnes and Demarai Gray both squandering great opportunities.
Then just before the hour mark Leicester’s top scorer Jamie Vardy comes off the bench and with his first touch of the game strikes a poor penalty saved by Hugo Lloris. Soon after Christian Eriksen fired in a terrific effort past Schmeichel to put the home side 2-0 up.
The goal seemed to be against the run of play and Leicester continued to bombard the Tottenham back-line and finally found their way into the net with Vardy poking in a brilliant ball sent across the six-yard box by full-back Ricardo Pereira at the end of what was a lovely team goal from the Foxes.
The game was put to bed though as Leicester tried to earn a point, a Spurs clearance and a Wilfred Ndidi slip gave Son the chance to tear up an open path to goal and dispatched his shot past the keeper to end the game at 3-1.
Ultimately a very frustrating game for Leicester who could have come away with more if they had their shooting boots on.
Here is how we rated the Leicester players.
Kasper Schmeichel: 5
The Foxes’ shot-stopper didn’t have much to do throughout the match and didn’t have much chance of stopping any of the goals.
Ricardo Pereira: 6
Pereira defended well for the most part and was a threat moving up the wing. His clearance getting blocked lead the Spurs second goal, but he put in a great cross to get the assist for Vardy’s goal.
Jonny Evans: 6
Evans defended well and can’t really be at fault for the goals other than not having the pace to catch Son for Spurs’ third.
Harry Maguire: 5
Maguire defended well for most of the game but could have done better to stop Sanchez to head in the opener and may have been slightly fortunate to not give away a penalty on Son. He had an early header on goal saved by Lloris.
Ben Chilwell: 6
Chilwell looked a threat going forwards always trying to get past his man and knock in a cross, the quality of his crosses were hit and miss. He was solid defensively and did well dealing with the Spurs attacks.
Wilfred Ndidi: 7
Ndidi came into the team as a late replacement as Mendy was injured during the warm-up.
The Nigerian had a great game winning the ball back in his usual fashion and looked more composed on the ball, turning well and playing nice passes.
Youri Tielemans: 7
Tielemans made his Leicester debut and put in a fantastic performance. Playing excellent passes through the middle to the likes of Barnes and Maddison, making some good challenges and ran with the ball very well. A great start.
Rachid Ghezzal: 5
Ghezzal was poor tracking back and gave Danny Rose a great chance after leaving him open down the wing. Put in a couple of decent balls but was fairly ineffective throughout.
James Maddison: 6
Maddison was hit and miss with set-piece deliveries. Missed the target from a couple of decent opportunities. But controlled the ball well in the middle of the pitch.
Harvey Barnes: 5
Barnes played excellently until it came to finishing his chances. He made great attacking runs to get into goal-scoring positions and could have had a hat-trick with better finishing but the young winger will need to learn from his mistakes.
Demarai Gray: 5
Gray didn’t have much of the ball, but his key moments were over-hitting a pass to Barnes on a great chance for a counter-attack and heading an effort straight into Lloris from the six-yard box.
Jamie Vardy: 6
Vardy came on just before the hour mark and with his first touch in the game hit a poor penalty which was comfortable for Lloris to save. After that, he took his goal well and pressed the Spurs defence well.
Kelechi Iheanacho: 5
Didn’t do too much after coming on, made one decent opening for himself but put the shot just wide.
Shinji Okazaki: 5
Only played a few minutes, worked his socks off but his only real contribution was winning a corner.
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