Only way for Spurs to erase memory of disappointing day is to put together great run!
PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 December 2018
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Tottenham Hotspur will come up against recent rivals Leicester City on Saturday evening at the King Power Stadium
It will take some time for Spurs fans to forget about Sunday’s loss to Arsenal, but the best way for Tottenham Hotspur to get over it is to start winning more games.
Before the 4-2 defeat at Emirates Stadium, Mauricio Pochettino’s team had won six matches in a row in all competitions.
The Lilywhites were flying and looking to end a huge week with another great result and that is perhaps why the loss and display was so frustrating.
A lot better was expected from the white side of north London, but the bottom line is you cannot afford to make mistakes like that in a derby against the Gunners.
Like in the past, Tottenham got into a position of strength, but were unable to kick on and went down again at the Emirates.
It will hurt for a while, but the result was a fair – Unai Emery’s Arsenal were better than Spurs and simply had more energy and tactical nous on the day.
Pochettino hoped to see his team respond positively on Wednesday when his old club Southampton made the trip to Wembley Stadium and Tottenham did following a 3-1 win after goals by Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son.
After hosting the Saints in front of a low crowd of 33,012, Spurs are on the road again on Saturday and away to a club which have been a rival in recent seasons.
When Leicester City stunned the world and won the Premier League title in the 2015/16 season, their nearest challenger for a long period of time was Tottenham.
In the end, Pochettino’s young side couldn’t keep pace with the Foxes, who surprised everyone to produce a remarkable story.
Leicester have not gone close to matching those lofty heights in the ensuing seasons, but there is still fire in the belly of both sides when they do battle.
In the 2016/17 campaign, it was the Foxes who were the last team to leave White Hart Lane with a point before it was shut for good.
Tottenham had the final laugh with a 6-1 thrashing at the King Power on May 18 2017, though, but even during the past campaign the rivalry remained.
Claude Puel’s Leicester saw off Spurs 2-1 in November 2017 in a rough patch for the N17 club with Jamie Vardy finding the net to silence the away fans, who were giving him some stick from the terraces.
The last meeting between the sides resulted in a bonkers nine-goal thriller at Wembley on the final day of the 2017/18 campaign with Tottenham triumphing 5-4.
In Saturday’s 7.45pm kick-off, Spurs will want another win, but in less dramatic circumstances!