Sunday 23 October 2016

Loss blessing in disguise for Ranieri

Leicester 0-2 Tottenham H

Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-Min. Photo: PA
Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-Min. Photo: PA

Tottenham finally got the better of Leicester this season at the fourth time of asking as they reached the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 victory.

Having drawn 2-2 in the original tie and with Leicester winning the English Premier League meeting in north London last week, Spurs succeeded in the final part of the 10-day trilogy courtesy of goals from Son Heung-min and Nacer Chadli at the King Power Stadium - the scene of a 1-1 draw in the league in August.

Even the introduction of Jamie Vardy from the bench shortly after Chadli's strike midway through the second half could not rescue Claudio Ranieri's side.

In the greater scheme of things the Italian may not be too upset by Leicester's exit, although he would be unlikely to admit it. It is reasonable to argue that defeat in last night's third-round replay may benefit Ranieri and his small squad as they look to maintain their surprise pursuit of the Premier League title.

For Tottenham, who must also harbour ambitions of becoming champions, it means another game in an already busy schedule. Mauricio Pochettino's team will travel to League One strugglers Colchester in the next round at the end of the month.

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