Ranieri Sacked: Shocked, Angry and Disappointed but NOT surprised!

Claudio Ranieri has been sacked! Dilly Ding, Dilly Gone and whilst the dust continues to settle around the King Power the rest of the football world are trying to get their heads around one of the most bizarre sackings we’ve ever witnessed.

The Italian arrived at the King Power with Leicester City having just about hung on to their premier league status the season before.  There was no doubt he was brought into the club with the sole objective of keeping them in the division and in succeeding in that, led Leicester City to the championship! Champions of England for the first time in their history and nobody could have predicted that.

Despite the odds being stacked against him and being the bookies favourite to be sacked first going into the season the former Chelsea manager achieved the unthinkable.

To say they had a shaky start to this campaign would be an under statement and whilst most of us predicted them to fall short of last seasons achievements nobody could have predicted they would be spiralling towards a relegation fight come February.

It’s pretty evident there is no longer any loyalty in our game and as I pointed out in previous blog entries Premier League status is everything to the foreign investor.  Having publicly backed their manager just a matter of weeks ago the Leicester City hierarchy clearly have his successor lined up.

The bookies make Roberto Mancini the favourite and whilst there is no doubting his managerial credentials a relegation dogfight would definitely be a challenge the floppy haired, super cool Italian won’t have any experience of.

People often say that success can go to ones head and if we are to believe the reports emerging this morning that theory has been proven!  It’s alleged that some of the clubs senior players told the owners they were unhappy with Claudio Ranieri after the midweek defeat in Seville and their relationship had ‘broken down’.

Am I the only one that thinks they got a very respectable result?

Shocked, Angry and disappointed but not surprised.  The dark side of football has reared its ugly head.

Harry

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Ranieri doesn’t deserve the right to stay, he’s earned it!

Leicester slumped to another Premier League defeat last Sunday, their 4th in 7 league games and second consecutive 3-0 reverse. They have managed just 1 solitary goal in their last 5 EPL outings. It’s all going wrong at the King Power.

‘Romantic’ is a word often used to describe Leicester’s triumph ‘Unthinkable’ is another, but the Unthinkable outcomes of Leicester City being relegated and even Ranieri’s tenure being called into question are become more and more likely as we approach February, in a similar way to how the title run picked up pace in 2016. Winning and losing both become habits, Leicester in their rollercoaster 2 and a half seasons know all about both.

Back to the romance, we all know love can be blind, and just because we outside can see the danger signs this is a special case and Leicester City Football Club is a love affair that perhaps should never end. Maybe Leicester can’t see the trouble, maybe they don’t want to, or maybe the euphoria of their victory is such that they just don’t mind and took the title as the fairytale that it was, and if the clock strikes midnight and everything goes back the way it was before, they should all return to the cellar together and always have their memories.

I think that theory is doing Leicester City a dis-service, and that in fact their title win has propelled them to a club who belong in the top flight of English football for the long term future and that they have the right to do what it takes to preserve what is now their rightful place among the top 17 English football clubs, but this is the rare time that heart and head come up with the same answer. Claudio Ranieiri is the man to steer the ship through the stormy waters.

When you look at the resources required to keep a team in the division you find a goal scorer and a solid back four. Leicester still have those even if current form stands in the way. When you look at the characteristics required to keep a team in the division,you’ll come up with heart, desire, belief, togetherness, and leadership. Claudio Ranieri was the man that glued this team together and installed those traits into players who did not know they possessed them.

If Leicester are dragged into this for the long haul and find themselves on the brink needing one last performance and one last team talk about what it takes to make things possible. There’s only one man capable of delivering that to his football team.

If the unthinkable happens and the ship sinks I know Ranieri is proud enough to want to go down with it, and if that means the continuation of the love affair needs to be revisited then let that be so. But for now there’s only one man fit to steer them towards their rightful place.

Claudio Ranieri. He doesn’t deserve the right to stay – He’s earned it.

Dan De Luca

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EPL Round up – Week 13

Burnley 1-2 Man City

Another exciting weekend of EPL action kicked off with Burnley hosting title chasers Manchester City at Turf Moor.  Sean Dyche’s side took an early lead through the former Spurs midfielder Dean Marney, a lead the home side fully deserved having made an impressive start to the game.  It wasn’t long before the EPL’s hottest striker Sergio Aguero arrived at the party and with goals on 37 & 60 minutes his brace proved to be the difference.

Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland 

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool faced a stubborn Sunderland side at Anfield this weekend and 75 minutes passed before they finally broke the deadlock.  Belgian striker and substitute Divock Origi broke the Sunderland resistance with around about 15 minutes to go and a late penalty sealed the victory as James Milner calmly dispatched.

Chelsea 2-1 Spurs

In the days late kick off, in-form Chelsea entertained a Spurs side fresh off the back of their Champions League exit midweek.  Many predicted Chelsea to cruise through this one but that certainly wasn’t the case.  An impressive first half performance from Spurs capped by a fine strike from Christian Eriksen had Antonio Conte’s men with their backs to the wall.  Pedro’s curling effort leveled it on the stroke of half time and from then on Chelsea’s superiority was clear for all to see.  Victor Moses’ goal just after the break proved to be the winner and propelled the West Londoners back to the top of the pile.  With Spurs having suffered defeat there are no longer any unbeaten teams in the division.

Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth

The Gunners ended their run of three straight draws with a far from convincing win at the Emirates.  Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side will feel hard done by and probably deserved at least a point from the game.  Some contentious refereeing decisions left the cherries feeling aggrieved, Alexis Sanchez’s brace and Theo Walcott’s header were enough to seal the points for the Gunners and ensure they kept in touch with the leaders.  This Bournemouth performance was further evidence that Eddie Howe is a fine manager and has a bright future in the game.

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Man Utd 1-1 West Ham

Jose Mourinho stole the headlines once again when he appeared to lose it on the touchline and was subsequently sent to the stands for the second time this season.  Man Utd got off to the worst possible start when Diafra Sakho gave the hammers the lead just 2 minutes in.  Summer signings Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic combined to draw the home side level around about 20 minutes later but neither side were able to take all three points.  Yet another frustrating result for Jose’s side who now find themselves 8 points behind the current top 4.

Game of the Week:

Swansea 5-4 Crystal Palace

Bob Bradley celebrated his first win as Swansea manager but oh boy did they leave it late!  Two goals in stoppage time from Spanish striker Fernando Llorente turned the game on its head and ultimately decided this 9 goal thriller.  It looked as though Palace were going to return to South London with all 3 points when Benteke netted on 84 minutes but sadly for Alan Pardew it just wasn’t to be.  Having invested heavily in the squad over the summer there is no doubt Alan Pardew will now be under immense pressure.  Both sides find themselves in the midst of a relegation dogfight and it’s no surprise with that sort of defending!

Elsewhere…

Watford suffered a home defeat at the hands of Stoke.  A Gomes own goal and Mazzari’s refusal to shake Mark Hughes hand post game were the major talking points.  Ronald Koeman’s return to St Mary’s was an unhappy one as his Everton side suffered a 1-0 defeat.  Debutant Josh Sims impressed for the Saints and he may be a player to keep your eye on for the future.  Hull City managed to salvage a draw versus an in-form West Brom side leaving both slightly frustrated.  Champions Leicester City  needed a couple of penalties to deny Middlesbrough a win at the King Power.  Leicester’s form may have completely changed this season but the dodgy penalty awards they were getting certainly haven’t, check that out on MOTD.

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Looking ahead at Leicester City’s trip to the Lane.

Tottenham and Leicester have met seven times in all competitions in the last two seasons, with Spurs enjoying three wins to Leicester’s two.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was delighted with his team’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League last weekend. This was more like the stuff of champions. Relatively speaking that is. Claudio Ranieri said he did not recognise his team when they folded at Chelsea but his players reintroduced themselves to him with style against Crystal Palace.

“This was our best performance of the season,” said the manager, who revealed he had demanded his players deliver a performance to kick-start their domestic campaign.

So what’s gone wrong at Leicester this season? Well, absolutely nothing. Leicester are performing around where they should be with respect to their calibre of players. The league was won miraculously and we must still give them enormous credit for that.

Vardy netted 24 league goals and six assists, while Mahrez tallied 17 goals and 11 assists of his own. So far this campaign, the duo have combined for just three goals in the premier league.

I like the look of new signing Islam Slimani. Of course, Kante was always going to be a big loss and seems to have forced a change in the midfield. A player of immense work ethic and determination. The loss of the French international means Danny Drinkwater and Daniel Amartey have needed to pick up their play in midfield.

Centre-back duo Wes Morgan and Robert Huth were brick wall defenders for Leicester a season ago, but it’s starting to look like father time is playing a bigger part on the pair this season. Or has the increased focus on shirt holding played its part?

Leicester seem to have changed their game after playing conservative, counter-attacking football a year ago. Ranieri wants more possession and chances. My thoughts have always been that as much as I prefer the possession style, it simply won’t work against higher quality opposition such as Chelsea. Their players will beat you at the game you’re trying to play. If anything, it’s during those games, where the conservative counter-attacking approach will nick you a 1-0 win from time to time.

Last season you could more or less guess Leicester’s starting line-up. Now, with Champions League matches in midweek, fitness and health are even more key to the team’s success.

There is no need for any panic. They’ll stay up. In fact I think they’ll finish around 10th because Mahrez is still a class act.

Spurs have gone nine Premier League games against the Foxes without keeping a clean sheet. Leicester are coming into the game with 3 wins out of the last 5. Our spurs writer Deluca often asks “why are teams finally bothering to play again Leicester this season?” . Let’s see if his opinion is different come Saturday.

Prediction:

I really fancy the foxes to get a draw with a £5 bet returning you £19

Alavi

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Leicester City vs Arsenal – Preview

Sofa Sports News’ Kyri previews Arsenal’s trip to the champions Leicester this Saturday.

So the new Premier League season kicked off last weekend and as usual we saw a number of shock results.

Leicester City started the defense of their tittle against a Hull side who’ve had a shocking pre-season to say the least.  Firstly, manager Steve Bruce handed in his resignation having led the club back to the Premier League promise land.  An injury list as long as my arm meaning they will be missing key players for months and to top it off they have failed to bring in any senior players.  Hull City were most people’s pre-season relegation tip.  Despite all of the above mentioned they began the campaign with the best possible start, turning over the champions.

The other major shock came the following day in North London when Liverpool came out of the Emirates stadium as 4-3 winners.

In all honesty, I didn’t really expect Arsenal to win the game with the team that was available and what surrounds the club at the moment but I certainly didn’t expect to witness us well beaten at home.

What can you say about Arsenal?

What has changed?

The answer to that question is simple, nothing much.

Another summer of endless rumors but with nothing actually materializing.  It seems as though Arsene Wenger is trying to sign the best players on the cheap.

I will never turn around and call Arsene Wenger a c**t or ‘le freud’ or any of the other names that fans have been calling him.  I love the manager for everything he’s done for the Arsenal, he’s been the best manager this club has ever had and their have been some pretty good managers down the years.  When Arsene eventually does depart, there is no doubt he will be leaving behind a great legacy.

The frustration comes because it’s the same old story with Arsenal, he constantly fails to learn from his mistakes.  I believe when Mr Wenger does call it a day, it will be a breath of fresh air and a huge relief for us.

When Arsenal completed the move from Highbury to the Emirates stadium we were assured as fans the move would allow us to compete financially with the monster clubs in Europe.

With this vision in sight the club endured a long transitional period in order to clear the stadium debt. That was paid off almost 4 years ago!

Arsenal now generate £4/5 million per home game, have a majority share holder who is richer than Roman Abramovich, Arsenal (like every other club in the Premier League) have just been given £250 million for TV money, not to mention the millions each season from Puma, Fly Emirates and all the other sponsorship deals.  Despite all of this, the club still insist we cannot compete financially with our rivals and that we are not willing to over spend on transfers.

As fans, we massively overspend to support our team whether it be at home or away.  Making it even more frustrating when the club flat out refuse to.

During the summer, Arsene Wenger has  made some laughable bids for players.  In his pursuit of Alexandre Lacazette he offered £5 million less than the bid West Ham had rejected a week earlier.  Arsenal have been in negotiation with Valencia for Shkodran Mustafi and could miss out on the player for the sake of £2/3 million.

You cannot expect to get the players you want for the prices that you want to pay, modern day football doesn’t allow you to approach the transfer market in this way.  This has been the case at the Arsenal for many years.

People can say there is still two weeks of the transfer window left and he can still buy.  If he really rated mustafi and Lacazette and thought he could strengthen the squad with these players, they should have been signed 2/3 weeks ago. Even more so when you go into the first game of the season with two of your centre halves injured and the other one is given time off after the euros. He has taken the Arsenal into the new season unprepared. AGAIN.

Now to focus on Arsenal’s trip to the King power this Saturday evening and both teams will be desperate to register their first three points.

Leicester City will not want to begin their title defense with back to back defeats. The damage that could do mentally could be huge.  However, a win against the Arsenal and the belief and the momentum will be back with Claudio Ranieri’s side.

Arsenal on the other hand are plagued with injuries (again), Alex Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey are out of action for 2/3 weeks and we are all wondering when Arsene Wenger will call back Ozil, Koscienly and Giroud.  In my opinion, he hasn’t got a choice. They should have all been back and ready to face Liverpool.

It will be interesting to see how both teams line up on Saturday, I expect Ranieri to call back Mark Albrighton to the left who was left out of the team last week at Hull.  His experience and work rate will be needed against Arsenal and it will be interesting to see if King plays along side Drinkwater in central midfield like he did last week. I firmly expect Jamie Vardy to get onto the score sheet after rejecting Arsenal this summer.  It’s just written in the script!

I predict the Leicester starting line up to look like

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As for Arsenal I predict Koscienly to come back into the side and play along side Chambers at the heart of the defence for me I think a defensive minded midfielder has to play in front of the back four and protect them because if somebody with Musa’s pace and trickery gets in behind that midfield and in at the defence he’s got Vardy (who I expect will target chambers) and Marhez making runs inside for company and Arsenal could really struggle with that.

I can see Wenger starting with Theo Walcott (because he loves him) and Alexis Sanchez on either flank and I expect Mesut Ozil and Oliver Giroud to return to the side.

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I’d expect Arsenal to have a lot of possession on Saturday and I predict Leicester to go back to basics and play on the break.

I think it will be a great game for the neutral, an exciting match and I can see it ending in a score draw.

Kyri Predicts: 2-2

Kyri

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Super Sunday – The Tale of 2 refs and the day not a lot really changed, and why video technology is not the answer.

Sunday had every football fan glued to their TV Screen. Rightly so. The two games at the top of the table didn’t disappoint.

North London’s two sides may have won the day and their fans will now be dreaming of ending title droughts that span one and four generations respectively.

In all the excitement, two big points have been missed.
1. Leicester City are still top, still playing well, and have the easier fixtures
2. Man City are no further from the top points wise than they were Sunday morning.

As much as Arsenal finishing first to Tottenham in second would provide another 30 years of joyous bragging rights, or Spurs finally ending their 20 year hoodoo over Arsenal in this of all years with the ultimate prize at stake would cause North London to erupt on a scale that is hard to imagine… Remember this Londoners. It’s a 4 horse race and complacency will be fatal.

Sad that the refs of the two fixtures are getting some of the post match air time, and the technology debate has opened up again…

So my views on the big ones:
Should Vardy have been given his penalty? No.
Should Tottenham have been awarded a penalty? No.
I don’t think Simpson should have been sent off for those two challenges either.

There, that was easy. Except it’s not. The Spurs one in particular was a poor, poor decision by Clattenburg who’s position wasn’t great to make the call and he guessed wrong. This is the one that has opened the video technology.

I know some of our friends at SSN are in massive favour of Video Technology, but it can’t work.
I’m not denying it would have helped Clattenburg make the correct decision at the Etihad, but you can’t pick and choose where you use it, if it’s in for that game it’s in for every game. If you refer to a video the decision must then be based on fact and fact alone, as if a ref can’t make interpretations then a video ref certainly can’t, he’ll have a list of rules and criteria in front of him to apply. Here’s what happens:

1. Vardy gets his penalty as there was contact with a defenders trailing leg and you can’t judge for sure what his honest intentions are.

2. Mahrez gets a penalty – there was contact. Video ref can’t decide for sure whether is was enough to knock him down. Has to give it. 0-2 Leicester.

3. Simpson still gets sent off because ref has seen these and doesn’t refer it.

4. Danny Drinkwater doesn’t get sent off as he should because video referee is not called upon as referee saw it just fine.
…..or do we refer everything?

In which case….

5. Toure gets sent off after 10 minutes for two bookable offences and the game is ruined for all because a ref is no longer allowed to lose his judgement.

6. Spurs don’t get a penalty. Nice. Correct decision.

Now look at the 6 points above, take away the teams and the individuals involved and tell me if the pros outweigh the cons.
They don’t. And the arguement needs to be put to bed. I’ve not even got on to the corners and throw ins incorrectly awarded. There were 20 across the two games at least!

I think we all know the difference between a referee favouring one side in a match to just having a bad game. These two were the latter on Sunday and it’s unfortunate, but a camera wouldn’t have saved them. Have a go at the ref by all means, but don’t foolishly think the alternative is better long term.

If you have a camera ref do you then have a stopwatch that decides time added on rather than a wally with a board just making it up every week. Does the whistle blow at that point like in basketball? My point is, the box should never be opened and video technology should stay in it forever.

The only decisions in the two games that affected the result ultimately was the red card to Simpson. No fan would be happy with one of their players sent off for those two challenges in any game. The video ref doesn’t change that decision.

The Arsenal game was won and lost on two clear moments, Martin Wasilewski inexplicably charging into a foul with the game over, & Danny Drinkwater crossing into an empty box on 91 minutes when he could have drawn a foul or corner and run down the clock some more.

In the City-Spurs game you have Kevin Wimmer hold his position to intercept an Aguero through ball whilst Otamendi charges out to allow Lamela to play in Eriksen. You had Danny Rose throw his body in front of a volley from point blank range whilst Sterling turns his back on a floated cross. They are the moments where the 3 points are won and lost.

I hope a ridiculous refereeing decision doesn’t cost a team a title. Especially if it’s my team after 55 years of oblivion, but with the league as balanced as it is with still 12 games to go, if the team is good enough they will come through as champions.

There are still four teams left in this title race and the best one from here to the end will win it. Now sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the football, it’s going to be one hell of a run in.

Valentine’s Day ‘Super Sunday’ – Preview and Predictions from Harry :)

Valentine’s Day – what could be better than to wake up and spend the whole day with the love of your life.

Yes, I’m talking about the Premier League. An incredible Super Sunday with 3 games live on the box! The current top 4 are all involved and here at SSN we are expecting more twists and turns in this extraordinary title race.

12pm k/o: Arsenal v Leicester City
2:05pm k/o: Aston Villa vs Liverpool
4:15pm k/o: Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

I will be briefly previewing Sunday’s 3 games and giving my predictions ahead of the Valentine’s Day special ??.

I’m gonna start with the day’s early kick off at the Emirates stadium:

ARSENAL V LEICESTER CITY:

League leaders Leicester city come into this game full of confidence after last Saturday’s brilliant win at the Etihad. I must admit, ahead of that game I was certain City would get the job done and that would be the start of Leicester’s demise. How wrong was I?!?! Another awesome performance from Ranieri’s men has now made them title favourites in many people’s books.

Arsenal come into this huge clash having finally got back to winning ways. It was by no means the best performance at Bournemouth but that 3 points has dragged the gunners right back into it. With Leicester having that 5 point cushion I expect Arsenal to be the ones trying to force the issue. This is a must win game for the Gunners in my opinion and no doubt Leicester will be more than happy to sit back in numbers and play on the break.

Providing Arsenal show up I expect them to take all three points here, Leicester have to come unstuck somewhere!

HARRY PREDICTS: Arsenal 2-0 Leicester City
ASTON VILLA V LIVERPOOL:

The less we say about Villa’s season thus far, the better. Remi Garde came in and took what was in my eyes already an impossible job. The Frenchman has made it clear in recent weeks he’s been unhappy with the level of backing he has received from the club. As an outsider looking in it’s as though they want to go down!?

As for the Scouser’s, they stop and start more than a double decker bus on Oxford street. They’ve had some magnificent results this season but equally as many disappointing ones. The inconsistency has been a bit of a reality check for those Liverpool fans that thought Klopp would be an instant fix and lead them back into the top 4.

Villa have shown some small signs of improvement in recent times, 2 wins and 2 draws out of their last 6 league games. That fact, combined with Liverpool’s inconsistency tempts me to go for a draw on this one.

HARRY PREDICTS: Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool
MAN CITY V SPURS

Despite that defeat at home to Leicester City I still make Man City joint title favourites with the Arsenal.
They possess the strongest squad, the finest striker in the league (Aguero) and it’s imperative that they bounce back straight away.

Maybe the announcement of Pellegrini’s imminent departure caused them to lose focus last week but I’m pretty certain they will bounce back on Sunday.

Spurs have been incredible this season and as a Gooner it pains me to say that. Unfortunately there is no denying it – they’ve found a consistency we’re not used to seeing from Spurs and Pochettino deserves a huge amount of credit for that.

The north Londoners go into this one in a richer vain of form but I think with home advantage and what happened last week City will be too strong for Spurs.

HARRY PREDICTS: Man City 3-1 Spurs

 

Wishing you all a happy Valentine’s Day!

Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur – 22/8/2015 -Dan De Luca

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Leicester City 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs’ winless start to the season continued at the KP Stadium, and the game contained all the hallmarks of a typical Tottenham display of as far back as you can remember, decent possession, nice football, no cutting edge, and soft underbelly.

The game was a lively an exciting encounter between two sides who both like to play good football with the ball on the floor and was exactly the type of away game that Spurs would have prevailed in last season. Saturday though, Tottenham took to the field without talisman Christian Eriksen, the guy who dug Spurs out of so many holes last campaign and ultimately that may have proved the difference between 1 point & 3 for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Tottenham as you might expect enjoyed the lions’ share of the possession playing some cultured football in the middle of the park, and Leicester broke regularly with pace & directness. Jamie Vardy often stretching the Spurs back line and the impressive livewire Riyad Mahrez constantly causing problems, particularly for Ben Davies at Left back who has rarely impressed since joining the club last summer and should be making way for Danny Rose as soon as the latter has returned to full fitness.
Leicester felt rightly aggrieved to have a strong penalty appeal turned down before half time when Mahrez jinked his way across the box only to be hauled down by the sluggish Jan Vertonghen. Atkinson waved the appeals away from less than 5 yards away, even the most rose tinted spurs fan would struggle to argue that the spot kick should have been given.
Harry Kane was instrumental in spurs taking the lead dropping deep to pick up the ball and driving at the Leicester defence, freeing Chadli to pick Dele Alli unmarked at the back post to head in his first Premier League goal. At just 19, he looks a real talent and at Tottenham should get the chance to flourish the season. Harry Kane has worked well this season so far and despite extending his goalless start to the campaign, put in another good performance. His tendency to drop deeper and wider to pick up the ball in the gaps vacated by the injured Eriksen highlights the lack of depth the Tottenham squad is suffering from this season. With Kane having to provide creativity, his presence in the box has been more infrequent than last season, and left him yet to get off the mark. The mumblings already about his goalless start are only going to add to the pressure, and despite some good displays, the unfair question marks over his start to the season will only become more prominent until that elusive first goal comes.
Having taken the lead though, most top sides would see the game out for the remaining 9 minutes. Tottenham lasted 20 seconds. Straight from kick off a high ball found its way to the feet of Mahrez who jinked into the box before curling a lovely left footed finish beyond Lloris into the far corner. A Spurs fan could be critical of the defending but in fairness it was a well taken goal and no less than Mahrez’ display deserved. Leicester could even have stolen all the points at the end when a point blank header hit Lloris when either side of him meant zero points coming back to White Hart Lane. Leicester were well worth their point in the end, and have been impressive so far this season, picking up from where they left off after their ‘great escape’ with Ranieri proving a few sections of the media wrong. Early days of course.
The situation of the team collectively conceding straight from kick off will be of bigger concern for Tottenham than the individual defensive failings in the build up to the equaliser. A strong character needs to be found in the next 7 days of transfer activity, if such a player exists within Tottenham’s tight budget. There is one game to be played between now and then though, a home evening kick off against an Everton side who performed impressively on their most recent away trip, dismantling Southampton 0-3. Last season at home to Everton was one of Spurs’ most impressive displays of the season in a 2-1. Even Roberto Soldado scored in open play which goes to show anything is possible, no matter how bad the form may appear
It’s sure to be another tight encounter which will be settled I’m sure by the odd goal. Spurs dare not lose this as confidence will sink even more and the season will threaten to run away from them before it’s even begun. Spurs will need to play better in that final 3rd to start turning some of their good performances into all important wins.

Prediction for next week
: Tottenham 1-1 Everton

DAN
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