Leicester City's Claude Puel charges Riyad Mahrez to show more consistency

  • Leicester City's Claude Puel charges Riyad Mahrez to show more consistency

Leicester City's Claude Puel charges Riyad Mahrez to show more consistency

Harry Kane grabbed a late consolation goal for the visitors, although a host of wasted chances proved to be pivotal in their 2-1 defeat.

James started Leicester's first four Premier League games but has been sidelined since with neither he or Huth having resumed training ahead of Tottenham's trip to the King Power Stadium.

Wilfred Ndidi saw a low strike easily smothered by Hugo Lloris before Leicester captain Wes Morgan, making his 250th appearances for the club, had a header cleared from just in front of the goalline by Danny Rose.

Spurs could have levelled nearly instantly but were left disappointed as Dele Alli ended a counter attack with a tame shot at Kasper Schmeichel, something the visitors would be made to pay for before half-time.

A glorious chance for Christian Eriksen came and went, with the Dane somehow blazing wide from close range with plenty of the target to aim for.

In an effort to hold onto the point Puel replaced Riyad Mahrez with Ben Chilwell with 20 minutes remaining at the London Stadium, a decision that frustrated the Algeria worldwide.

Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham now had it all to do in the second half if they harbored hope of returning to north London with anything.

"To try and claw 11 points against a team of Man City's standard, that's a huge ask and I would say, yeah they're playing for a top four place and they need to focus more on the Champions League".

"Then I think Chelsea, ourselves, Liverpool, Spurs, them teams are very equal".

Fellow substitute Fernando Llorente should have equalised three minutes later but somehow poked Serge Aurier's driven cross over the crossbar from inside the six-yard box. He was played in by a neat pass from Erik Lamela, before the England forward rifled into the top corner past Schmeichel to half the deficit with 10 minutes left to play.