Ruthless Harry Kane struck four goals as Tottenham dismantled Leicester 6-1 at the King Power Stadium
The England forward’s haul moved him two ahead of Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Premier League’s golden boot with 26 goals ahead of Sunday’s season-finale at Hull.
Son Heung-min also scored twice as Spurs continued to shrug off any disappointment following Chelsea’s title win.Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: “To be fair when he was injured, other players scored goals, like Son, or (Dele) Alli or (Christian) Eriksen. But it’s true that Harry Kane is our main striker and one of the best in the world. To be fair to him and the team, it’s a very good collective effort throughout the whole season but we feel so proud of Harry. He will have another opportunity to score more against Hull. I hope he can win (the Golden Boot).”Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare: “The disappointing thing for me when they scored their third is that I didn’t see enough desire from my team and it really drained us of any belief. From then there was only one team in it and they looked like scoring every time and I have to take some responsibility for that. There are no positives. If you get beaten 6-1 there are no positives. They are an excellent side, I knew that before the game, but obviously we were totally second best.”
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Moment of the match
Son’s strike put Spurs in total control but it was the build-up which caught the eye as Leicester were completely pulled apart.
Mousa Dembele was involved before finding Dele Alli on the edge of the penalty area. Space was still tight but he chipped a pass to Son and the South Korean spun to steer a first-time volley into the bottom corner.
The goal, Son’s 20th of the season, marked the first time three Tottenham players had passed that mark in a season with Alli on 21 and Kane now netting 32.
Stat of the match
Kane has now scored 70 goals in his last 90 Premier League games for Spurs after netting his 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th top-flight goals of the season on Thursday.
The England man opened the scoring before restoring Tottenham’s two-goal lead just as Leicester threatened to get back into the game before two late strikes.
He is now two in front of Lukaku in the race for the golden boot.
Kane. He is now in pole position to claim the golden boot after his four-goal haul which took him past last season’s total.
He now has 26, one more than last season when he was also the Premier League’s top scorer, after a ruthless show of finishing which put Leicester to the sword.
Son, Alli and Kane were relentless, epitomising Spurs’ quality and work rate.
Player ratingsLeicester: Kasper Schmeichel 5, Danny Simpson 5, Yohan Benalouane 4, Christian Fuchs 4, Ben Chilwell 5, Riyad Mahrez 4, Wilfred Ndidi 5, Daniel Amartey 5, Marc Albrighton 6, Shinji Okazaki 5, Jamie Vardy 5. Subs: Islam Slimani (for Okazaki, 45 mins) 6, Demarai Gray (for Benalouane, 66 mins): 6, Ahmed Musa (for Vardy, 78 mins) 6.Tottenham: Hugo Lloris 7, Eric Dier 7, Jan Vertonghen 7, Toby Alderweireld 7, Ben Davies 7, Victor Wanyama 8, Mousa Dembele 8, Moussa Sissoko 8, Dele Alli 8, Son Heung-min 8, Harry Kane 9. Subs: Vincent Janssen (for Son, 78 mins) 6, Filip Lesniak (for Dembele, 86 mins) 6, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (for Sissoko, 90 mins) 6.
Who’s up next?
Leicester v Bournemouth (Premier League, May 21)
Hull v Tottenham (Premier League, May 21)