Clin­i­cal Kane cuts through Le­ices­ter to dent

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Total Football - By Matt Law

Tot­ten­ham Host­pur Justin og 6, Kane 37, 40 Le­ices­ter City four. It will not be lost on the sup­port­ers of Chelsea and Manch­ester United that Mour­inho, as the for­mer man­ager of both clubs, has done them a huge favour.

Third-placed Chelsea and fifth­placed United each have a game in hand over Le­ices­ter and now have their Cham­pi­ons League fate in their own hands.

Just as Spurs had been with­out Kane and Son be­fore lock­down, Le­ices­ter are pay­ing the price for key ab­sen­tees since the restart. James Mad­di­son has been missed in mid­field and yes­ter­day it was the loss of three of Le­ices­ter’s reg­u­lar back four that cost them dearly.

With­out in­jured duo Ri­cardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell, plus the sus­pended Caglar Soyuncu, the visi­tors were taken apart by a clin­i­cal Spurs’ at­tack, with Kane and Son at their dev­as­tat­ing best, and Lu­cas Moura show­ing his qual­ity.

The fact Kane’s brace meant he has scored 17 Premier League goals and 23 in to­tal for Tot­ten­ham in a sea­son in which he has been out for so long fur­ther un­der­lines his world-class abil­ity.

“It is dif­fi­cult for me to com­pare strik­ers, but I had al­most in ev­ery club some of the best,” said Mour­inho. “Of course, Harry is se­cond to none. It’s just dif­fer­ent qual­i­ties. As a striker, as a goalscorer, a team player and a leader, he is fan­tas­tic.

“It is dif­fi­cult to make him bet­ter but the bet­ter the team is, the bet­ter he can be. He is an amaz­ing pro­fes­sional and works very well. He can­not play any bet­ter. He is a fan­tas­tic striker and Tot­ten­ham is so lucky to have him.”

Kane’s se­cond, Tot­ten­ham’s third, was the pick of the goals. Ex­cit­ing teenager Luke Thomas, in for Chilwell, was robbed of pos­ses­sion by Moura who passed for Kane to carry the ball into the area and the striker stepped in­side Ryan Ben­nett be­fore curl­ing a shot past Kasper Sch­me­ichel.

By half time, the Foxes were al­ready three goals be­hind and the game was ef­fec­tively over.

It had taken just six min­utes for Spurs to go ahead, when Son’s shot took a big de­flec­tion off James Justin, who has been deputis­ing for Pereira, to beat Sch­me­ichel.

Le­ices­ter could count them­selves un­lucky to go be­hind and were sim­i­larly un­for­tu­nate that good ef­forts from Jamie Vardy and Ay­oze Perez were kept out by a com­bi­na­tion of des­per­ate de­fend­ing and good goal­keep­ing from Hugo Lloris.

But the visi­tors were the mak­ers of their own down­fall for the first of Kane’s two goals in the 37th minute, as, from a Youri Tiele­mans corner, Thomas lost the ball to Son and Spurs broke from their own half to ruth­less ef­fect. The South Korean passed to Gio­vani Lo Celso, who in turn set Moura away down the left and the Brazil­ian set up Kane.

Three min­utes later, Kane net­ted again to make sure both sets of sup­port­ers spent most of the se­cond half con­tem­plat­ing what a Europa League cam­paign might look like next sea­son.

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