Leicester City’s unbeaten streak came to an unceremonious end as Tottenham Hotspur came into the King Power and walked away with all three points. A positive early start from the Foxes provided hope to the Leicester faithful, but things progressively soured until the result was final.
Kasper Schmeichel - 6
Can’t be blamed for either of the goals conceded, especially the stunner from Son Heung-Min.
Ricardo Pereira - 7
Generated some promising attacks early in the game with his dribbling and played another impressive game in defense. He totaled five tackles to bring his tally up to 52 in the Premier League this season (the most of any City player). He also added three interceptions.
Wes Morgan - 6.5
A tough one to judge as he made a few vital last-ditch defensive efforts but generally struggled to keep up with the pace of Spurs’ attack.
Jonny Evans - 7
He could perhaps be blamed for not closing down on Son quick enough for Tottenham’s opener, but it’s difficult to assign full blame to him on a shot that would fail nine times out of ten. Aside from that moment he was heavily involved with three tackles, four interceptions, and eight clearances.
Ben Chilwell - 6.5
He had the second-most touches of any Fox with 70 (just behind Ricardo’s 75), but wasn’t quite efficient enough in possession. He completed just 59 percent of his passes and didn’t have his best crossing boots.
Vicente Iborra - 6
The big Spaniard was a surprising inclusion in the XI but looked to be a good one early on. He provided an easy outlet for the center backs and looked to push the ball forward from defense, but his influence seemed to fade rather quickly and he was subbed off in the 55th minute.
Nampalys Mendy - 5.5
Had one notable defensive intervention that was as timely as his often are, but wasn’t much use after that. He did complete about 90 percent of his passes, but they were of the mostly unimpressive variety.
Wilfred Ndidi - 5.5
Like Mendy he completed a good amount of his passes (87 percent), but they were often toothless. He was also rather wasteful as he attempted three long-range shots that seemed to have no chance of hitting the target. Still, he provided two tackles, an interception, and three clearances.
James Maddison - 7
After a string of sparkling performances Madders came back down to Earth against Spurs. He wasn’t quite anonymous as he still managed to total four key passes, but he seemed to lack some sharpness on occasion.
Demarai Gray - 6.5
He is continuing to improve in defense as he added three tackles to the vague sense of attacking threat on occasion. There were a few moments that could be pointed to as signals of his attacking endeavor, but nothing quite impactful enough to make a difference.
Kelechi Iheanacho - 5.5
It would be difficult to blame the Nigerian entirely, but he once again failed to step up in the absence of Jamie Vardy. He wasn’t given enough service and was subbed off fairly early (the 55th minute).
Marc Albrighton - 6.5
Came on in the 55th minute double change and provided a spark of energy. He made two tackles and had one key pass in his limited time on the pitch.
Rachid Ghezzal - 6
The Algerian continued his enigmatic form. He provided one superb moment in which he settled a difficult ball in the box and faked the defender before curling a threatening shot with his weak foot. However, he was also credited with three bad touches and was dispossessed twice in his short time in the game.
Shinji Okazaki - 6.5
The 78th minute substitute provided good energy and fought for the ball in dangerous areas. His effort even won a corner from a seemingly hopeless situation.
*all stats courtesy of whoscored.com
The Foxes are making a habit out of wasting good opportunities to take more points than they have. Spurs weren’t at their best for much of the affair and finished the game with just two measly shots on target and seven shots total, as compared to City’s 11 total shots and three on target.
Despite allowing two goals it was perhaps Leicester’s defense that stood out the most. The center-back pairing of Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan was outmatched in the pace department but still managed to keep Spurs’ attack in check, while the full-backs made an impact on both ends of the pitch. Of the back four, however, it was Ricardo Pereira who impressed the most and earned the designation of Fosse Posse Man of the Match.