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Tottenham Missed A Staggering Number Of Gilt-Edged Chances In Leicester Defeat

Tottenham’s Premier League form went from bad to worse on Tuesday night, as they went down 2-1 to Leicester City at the King Power.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have now won just one of their last five league games – a 1-0 victory at Wembley against bottom-side Crystal Palace – as a massive dent has been created in their title hopes.

Despite their strong performances in the Champions League, it hasn’t quite clicked into gear in the same manner domestically (bar the 4-1 hammering of Liverpool last month) amid concerns that the temporary time away from White Hart Lane is having a detrimental impact on their form.

Their showing against the 2016 Premier League champions on Tuesday was notable as they missed a whole host of glaring chances against Claude Puel’s men.

Arguably the two best chances for Tottenham came late on. With fifteen minutes remaining, poor Leicester defending from Danny Simpson meant that the ball fell invitingly to Christian Eriksen in the six-yard box, but the Danish international, who had no trouble finding the net repeatedly against Ireland earlier this month, somehow blazed his half-volley well wide.

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Having reduced the deficit to 2-1 via a Harry Kane goal and with time running out, Spurs were given a glorious chance to claw back a point. Serge Aurier’s well-taken cross whipped across the box, taking Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire out of contention. Substitute Fernando Llorente, with the goal at his mercy, blasted his volley over the bar. The Spanish striker is yet to score for the club after a £12m summer move from Swansea, and that will have done little to help his confidence.

The defeat keeps Tottenham in fifth place in the Premier League table, fifteen points behind leaders Manchester City.

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