It's late, Ive had a long day, so I'll keep this brief.
What was perhaps lost in amongst all the ref being a cunt stuff, I think, was the fact that Leicester actually, plain and simple, out tactic'd and outplayed us for big chunks of today.
And I don't often say this about any team against us, and even rarer teams from the middle of the table.
This 41212 diamond was really poor in application, with no Kane or Alli, there's very little presence or creative interplay. Llorente is very static and predictable and Son is almost the opposite, very lively but incredibly erratic, he's capable of explosive moments of productivity but also a lot of bumbling about, he rarely does anything in a composed fashion. For most of this game neither Skipp or Sissoko, the two occupying the 8 remits, offered any creative interplay either (contrast with Tielemans for example who played several incisive passes), this left Eriksen with virtually the sole creative remit, and he's really missing the presence of Kane and Alli to bounce off, to hold up, interact and share the creative load.
Puel set Leicester up in a kind of 4141 but unlike many team that come here and just try to stifle and counter, Leicester actually played football, several times outplaying us in midfield - mostly on Sissoko's side - and opening us up. First half we had more possession, second half they had 55%.
Yes, they played a couple of balls inside Tripper, but they also played one inside Sissoko, and one inside Rose that lead to their goal. There was no "targeting' of Trippier, they just outplayed us in midfield and repeatedly got behind us.
They played much cleverer attacking football than we did, Madison and Tielemans providing the kind of midfield incision that Sissoko and especially Skipp failed miserably to do for us. We made 9 key passes as a team, Madison made 7 on his own, and Leicester made 19, more than double ours, they also had 20 shots to our 12, 9 on target to our 5. We scored three goals with an x/g of 1.26, theirs was 2.76
Poch really needed to react to what was happening, switch up the diamond maybe into a 4231 with Skipp and Winks sitting, Eriksen as the 10 and Sissoko ARM, or go orthodox 433, dropping Eriksen back and pushing Sissoko into the front three, with Son WLF, but getting both him and Sissoko to track their full backs. The way this played out they just swamped out midfield, we had no-one showing, holding and bringing others into forward areas and as a result couldn't retain the ball in their third or create chances, especially second half.
Luckily for us, Eriksen came up with a nice assist and cracking goal, but even the rest of his day was pretty meh by his standards, Leicester completely snuffing him out, the excellent Ndidi keeping him very quiet - although it was Ndidi's blunder from Sissoko's hopeful pass that ultimately helped us finally seal the deal, allowing Son to canter from our own half all the way to their penalty box as they were piled forward trying to equalise.
The only two players to really come out of this game with much credit were Lloris, who finally saved a penalty and made a couple of other really good stops, Sanchez, who was excellent throughout, several times putting his pace to good use, but was also calm under pressure with the ball too (63 passes 91% second best behind Winks) and Winks who once again held things together, got through a shit load of ball and is also improving his defensive play, game by game.
Lloris - Great penalty save, very good game.
Trippier - Positioning was poor for the first chance for Brooks, but after that just got caught out like others did by our poor pressing ahead of him and inability to stop them playing through us.
Sanchez - Very good game, using his pace well and staying calm under pressure.
Vertonghen - Pretty decent, tough day though.
Rose - Decent enough, got done by a ball inside for their goal but no different to the other side, there was little he could do about it, it was just good football.
Sissoko/Skipp/Eriksen - This wasn't a bad performance by Sissoko's standards, and he finished with an assist, albeit helped by Ndidi committing harry carry and Son still needing to run half the pitch, and Eriksen curled a lovely assist for Sanchez's goal and scored a cracker, but none of these three contributed enough for most of the 90 minutes. Skipp's a kid having his second start, so he gets plenty of latitude, but Eriksen and Sissoko really needed to provide more imputes to this game, but they weren't helped by the poor structure and tactics.
Winks - Becoming a vital component of the way we play. Another very good game.
Son - Goal aside, which was great, he was poor today, got himself offside (as often does) too often, flitted about and was really flimsy without the ball too, allowing players to go past him too easily and not dropping in and helping an outnumbered midfield enough.
Llorente - He worked hard by his standards, and showed some decent touches, but we miss Kane's energy and hold up play enormously.
So this is you keeping it brief is it??
I agree with Mick Cooper in that you really don’t understand football
You try and disguise this with verbal diarrhoea
I mentioned the other week that you clearly didn’t understand the offside laws by your comments after the Leicester Wolves game
But it’s your general view that is totally laughable and not just your clear anti Sissoko biase
But in the spirit of the thread here are my ratings for what they’re worth
Lloris immense and Motm
Trippier another poor game and they clearly targeted him and for once I agreed with Shearer
Sanchez good game and used his pace well and will improve
Vertonghen another good game and his tackle was never a penalty
Rose good game and continuing to improve
Sissoko Skipp Eriksen
You can’t lump those together which is ridiculous and makes you look stupid which I don’t think you are
Either do this properly or not at all
So Sissoko another excellent game tackling covering well and rarely making a bad pass
Excellent through ball for Sonny at the end and not a hit and hope as you’re trying to imply
Some excellent runs forward especially when we were under pressure which I’m sure our defence was grateful for
Eriksen great player and took his goal with an excellent strike
Will improve further with a new contract so give him one
Skipp a good lad with a bright future but at times he looked out of his depth yesterday although he still wanted the ball which clearly shows a good attitude
Winks another good game and coming into his own
Love him and can be one of our ‘greats’
Reminds me of a young Stevie Perryman and I can’t praise him any higher than that
Doesn’t always get it right but his belief and effort never waver
Son has had better games but took his goal well and was lively throughout
He was fouled in the box by that cart horse Maguire so it was a definite penalty and I commented at the time that if it was Salad it would have been given as he’s had softer ones given
For JJ to say on MOTD that it was a dive was disgraceful and I really rated him until he said that but it seems he’s now toeing the Sky BBC anti Spurs line
Look at yourself mate!
Llorente looks pedestrian and this wasn’t his sort of game although he did show some nice touches and held up the ball well on occasions but didn’t do enough for me
Got us over the line again without playing particularly well
Happening too often to be coincidence and so glad we have him
Overall we deserved our win