LONDON – Deafeningly, the Spurs trustworthy belted and not using a tinge of irony: “He scores when he wants, he scores when he wants!”
Maybe they knew, that regardless of a 483-minute purpose drought, Harry Kane was dealing with his favorite opponents Leicester City on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 1 (Sunday).
With the Spurs gamers sporting particular version “AIA Better Lives Fund” jerseys in assist of AIA Singapore’s “Grant A Wish” initiative, Kane’s personal want got here true as he thumped in a header from Son Heung-min’s Twenty second-minute nook to ship the hosts on their method to a cushty 3-1 win.
This was the England striker’s seventeenth purpose towards the Foxes, greater than he has towards some other membership in the English Premier League, with 13 in his final 9 begins towards them.
With 4 league video games left, the win helped Spurs keep in the hunt for the final Champions League spot, which was regained by Arsenal who beat hosts West Ham 2-1.
Rob Holding’s opener for the Gunners was cancelled out by Jarrod Bowen in the primary half earlier than Gabriel bagged a second-half winner as Mikel Arteta’s males re-established their two-point benefit over Spurs.
Kane and firm got a lift after they noticed Leicester’s key gamers Wesley Fofana, Youri Tielemans and Jamie Vardy on the bench, with Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans, James Maddison not even in the squad, because the guests understandably prioritised the second leg of their Europa Conference League semi-final towards Roma on Thursday.
Spurs boss Antonio Conte additionally introduced in Lucas Moura in place of the in-form Dejan Kulusevski in a 3-4-3 formation, with a watch on the run-in which encompasses a journey to Liverpool on Saturday earlier than a probably decisive conflict with Arsenal on May 12.
As Conte usually gesticulated animatedly on the sting of his technical space, his gamers had been all over Leicester in the opening exchanges earlier than Brendan Rodgers’ facet practically took a 14th-minute lead towards the run of play when Patson Daka’s shot cannoned off the put up.
The introduction of Kulusevski in the second half added extra thrust, and the Swedish winger notched his seventh help in 14 video games for Spurs when he arrange Son to double their lead on the hour mark, following good work by Cristian Romero to win again possession.
From one other Kulusevski help, the South Korean star put the gloss on the win and his most prolific EPL season with a stunning left-footer into the highest nook for his nineteenth league purpose this time period that left teammate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg holding his head in admiration.
Kelechi Iheanacho grabbed a comfort purpose for the Foxes in harm time.
At the post-match blended zone, Son shared that he scored his surprise purpose after being informed by Conte he was going to be subbed off in three minutes.
He added: “I’m very happy working with Antonio Conte because he gives something special with his passion about football and life. I’m learning so many things from him, he gives so much details on the pitch, which is so important.”
The 29-year-old, who’s three objectives behind EPL high scorer Mo Salah, stated he’s assured of his group’s prospects as there may be nonetheless extra to come back from him and his teammates.
He informed The Straits Times: “I’m not that form of man who thinks ‘I’ve scored greater than final season and that’s it’. I wish to enhance day-after-day, and there’s 4 extra video games to take action.
“I’m very comfortable Harry scored as we speak from an attractive header… Every single participant is essential, not solely Harry. We are glad we received, and Harry in all probability thinks the identical approach as me as a result of the group is extra essential.
“Six, seven months in the past, in all probability no person imagine that we will play for the Champions League. Now, we’re actually, actually shut, however we don’t have something but…
“It’s all in our hands. We don’t want to focus on other teams because that’s not important. The most important is playing to our game plan.”
There was one other milestone for Spurs as Conte capped his a centesimal match as an EPL supervisor together with his sixty fifth win in entrance of 59,482 followers.
Said Conte: “It wasn’t straightforward however I all the time wish to repeat the identical factor – in England no straightforward recreation, particularly while you play towards Leicester.
“Congratulations has to go to my gamers. They work very onerous. I actually respect their effort.
“No one could believe in November when I arrived that we would be fighting for a place in the Champions League with only four games to go. But I think these players are deserving of all these and… we need to be lucky not to have any injuries because our squad is not so big.”
*David’s journey is hosted by Spurs’ international principal companion AIA. The Tottenham gamers will signal the particular version “AIA Better Lives Fund” shirts, which will probably be auctioned on Matchwornshirt.com subsequent week.
There may also be a Facebook live-stream public sale hosted by Singapore celebrities Dasmond Koh, Xu Bin and Michelle Tay on May 12 to public sale Spurs merchandise and extra.