Mauricio Pochettino gambled, and saw it pay off handsomely. Tottenham’s manager must have acknowledged the element of risk in weakening his lineup against a Leicester side who were unbeaten in seven games but everything fell into place in a way that, with a potentially season-defining night in Barcelona looming on Tuesday, affords them the best possible chance of salvaging their Champions League campaign. Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen were only required to make second-half appearances, by which time the game had been won by their two most reliable attacking side-kicks. One of them, Son Heung-min, has discovered his best form in recent weeks and gave Kasper Schmeichel no chance with an exceptional opener; the other, Dele Alli, made things safe after a slick break and the wider benefits of such a comfortable night’s work may become apparent soon enough.
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