Clinical Kane cuts through Leicester to dent
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.