They say a week is too long in politics and this is true in football as well.
Just ask Jose Mourinho.
His Tottenham team Premier League leaders have also been out of action since the opening day of the season last Sunday.
One week later, after two defeats and a draw, Spurs were relegated to fifth place, with Leicester City in the top three, beating them 2-0 in their own counter-attack.
Brendan Rogers learned his trade as a youth team coach at Chelsea when Mourinho was in charge of his first spell at Stamford Bridge, and the apprentice overtook his old boss when asked for the eighth time.
“I have a lot of respect for Jose as a great strategist and for what he’s achieved, so it’s been fun,” Rogers said.
“I thought it was a great team performance and we deserve to win.”
A Jamie Vardy penalty and a goal from Toby Alderweireldeld in the first half were enough to settle this battle between two teams who love to play at the break, and Liverpool’s one of Liverpool’s closest challenges to the festive season. Rogers’ side are four points behind the Reds, who outscored Jurgen Klopp’s men last Christmas.
When football returned from the lockdown in June, only a poor run of form gave Leicester a place in the Champions League, which was only a terrible home record, preventing them from topping the table. Leicester have lost to Fulham, West Ham and Aston Villa, but have won tours to Manchester City, Arsenal, Leeds and now Tottenham.
“Every team is looking for stability, and it’s my job to make those improvements,” Rogers added. “We have a long way to go, but we’re in a good place by the third of the season.”
Mourinho can’t tell Spurs about this after a strong start to the season.
There seemed to be no great danger from Leicester until the stroke of half-time, and not a single year did the opposing goalkeeper extend 45 minutes. Caspar Schmeichel had only one note in the first half when a Harry Kane free-kick flew out of the hands of defender Johnny Evans, forcing the Danish keeper to dive the entire length to throw the ball.
At the opposite end, Hugo Lloris came into the job similarly in the first half, his only salvation when James Madison tried a curling shot from 25 yards. But at the time of the suspension, Serge Aurier Wesley jumped behind Fofana and Craig Posen initially found no fault, but the VAR gave him a warning. Posen reviewed his decision, pointing to the penalty spot, warding what he was doing and hitting the back of the net with the ball.
Mourinho came on as a substitute 63 minutes later but refused to isolate the defender. “He made a mistake, but so did other players in other areas,” the manager said.
“I can’t blame a player for making a mistake. We started badly and I didn’t like the first 20 minutes. ”
Marinho decided to make a change in the interval, sending Gareth Bale for an ineffective tango nomble but the Welshman did not make a significant impact. James Madison doubled Leicester’s lead in the second half with three minutes to go before Fofana’s ball bounced off the post and scored a shot past Loris. This time VAR came to Tottenham’s rescue, showing that the midfielder had run from an offside position.
The recovery did not last long. An hour later, Lester quickly broke down, and Ward led Mark Albrighton’s cross to goalkeeper, while Alderwiredeld’s knee ball overtook Loris.
Tottenham made late attempts to restore equality. Kane saved Schmeichel with a shot and a header, and then he did his best to avoid a close range shot from the zone. Leicester could have increased their winning margin if Yuri Tylemans had written more or Loris had not saved a Wardy shot in the final minute.
2-0 was enough for Leicester to overtake Tottenham and move into second place, completing a miserable week for Mourinho, who praised Rogers and his side.
“They are a good team, they know how to defend and they have created difficulties for us with their defensive organization. It was disappointing. ”
Rogers said his men learned from the defeat when they took a 3-0 lead when Spurs took a three-goal lead in July. He was also enthusiastic about Ward, saying, “He has to be awesome to play a center half. He is one of the leading strikers in the world and is not afraid to do dirty work. He is a great professional off the pitch. I can not talk enough about him. ”
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Loris 7; Aurier 5 (Winks 63), Alderweireld 7, Dear 6, Regulon 6; Sissoko 5, Hodgeberg 7; Lo Celso 6 (Lucas 49, Nomble 6 (Bel 46), son 6; Cain 6;
Leicester (4-4-1-1): Schmeichel 7; Justin 7, Fofana 8, Evans 7, Castine 6 (Amarte 60); Albrighton 6, NDD9, Tylemans, 8, Barnes 7 (Preet 84); Madison 8; Verdi 7 (Ihianacho 88)
Referee: Craig Posen
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