It will be a European battle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on this afternoon as Leicester City take on Tottenham Hotspur. The Foxes are looking to cement a Champions League place whilst Spurs need three points to stay in the hunt for a Europa League place for next season.
European Battle For Two Teams Looking To Finish Season Strongly
Different European Ambitions
Leicester City sit fourth in the Premier League on 62 points, level with Manchester United. Tottenham sit seven points further back and, whilst Champions League football is a distant possibility, it is the Europa League that is the realistic target for Jose Mourinho.
Goalscoring Legends Come Face to Face
Jamie Vardy has passed 100 Premier League goals after a brace against Crystal Palace, the first player to hit that league total in Leicester City’s top-flight history. Harry Kane passed 200 goals with his brace against Newcastle United. Two of the greatest strikers in the Premier League, yet only one has a medal to his name.
Vardy has his Premier League winners medal and that will not be lost on Harry Kane. Despite his almost outrageous goal scoring record, Kane doesn’t have any trophies on his CV. Injuries have hampered him in the last two years, yet he has still surpassed twenty goals this season once more. Tottenham fans will not want to see Kane leave the club anytime soon but rumours will always surface especially when he is not winning things. He is far too good to end his career with nothing to show for it except his goal tallies.
Europe or Bust
Leicester City getting into Europe’s elite competition would be another huge achievement for the club. Well run, a great manager and lots of talent all over the pitch. The rise has been nothing short of phenomenal.
For Tottenham, Champions League football would be an incredible achievement this season. Missing out on Europe altogether would be an absolute failure. The new stadium has left Spurs, regardless of how well the finances have been run by ENIC and Daniel Levy, with a millstone of debt around their neck. No European football at all would reduce revenue for next season and could push players like Kane to the exit door.
For Leicester, Europe presents another feather in their cap. For Tottenham, it is a minimum requirement. Failure could have repercussions for a long time to come.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Leicester City