Tottenham thumps Leicester to dent Foxes’ Champions League hopes

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A Harry Kane masterclass saw Tottenham beat Leicester 3-0 and pile yet more pressure on the Foxes’ Champions League hopes.

James Justin deflected Heung-Min Son’s effort past Kasper Schmeichel inside six minutes in a nightmare start for the visitors, before Leicester responded with Hugo Lloris at his best to keep out a Jamie Vardy backheel and Ayoze Perez’s control and finish.

But the Foxes proved the masters of their own downfall when Spurs added a second after breaking from a defensive corner, with Lucas Moura finding Kane’s run to slot beyond Schmeichel eight minutes before half-time.

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If that was good from the England captain, what would follow three minutes later was something else, cutting inside Ryan Bennett from the edge of the box before arching an effort just inside the far post to end the game as a contest with his fourth goal in two games.

Neither side produced anything to seriously trouble either goalkeeper after the break with both knowing the game had already been won, and fourth-placed Leicester already looking forward to next weekend’s final-day meeting with Manchester United, in fifth, who they now lead only on goals scored.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho: “I think we were strategically good. We knew what was obvious for us, Brandan did an amazing job since he’s arrived, but at the moment he’s a little bit in trouble with injuries.

“There’s always a danger, you need your goalkeeper to make a couple of important saves which he did, but we were phenomenal. They had so many corners, but we were always in control, our block was in control, and I felt very comfortable.

“I think really we are one of the teams with more points during this period after the break, and I think that’s a very good feeling. Now we have to fight to finish sixth, but it doesn’t depend on us.”

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers: “We got done on the counter-attack. We had good numbers around to prevent it. We started okay, but defensively we could’ve been more aggressive, and obviously we conceded the goals at bad times.

“We’ve achieved the goals we initially set out to achieve by having European football, and we have a game to have a shot at the Champions League. For some that will be a disappointment, for others they’ll be gratified by what the players have given them this season.”