It’s easy to forget that last Sunday brought the bulldozers in on just our bricks and mortar, not the whole season. There are two games to go, and whilst there is nothing of obvious value riding on them, it’s hard to believe that a man of Pochettino’s sensibility will do anything other than do his utmost to win them both and make his own task next season of trying to improve year on year as difficult as he can. If he beats this campaign’s points total next year having played half his games at Wembley then many people’s attitude towards religion and miracles might take a strange and unexpected twist.
First up are Leicester. The club that a year ago could do no wrong have spent most of this season doing no right, but then they sacked the man who brought them the title and took then to the last thirty two of the Moneybags League. Great work lads. Apart from disposing of Ranieri and providing a few laughs their biggest contribution to the season has been those God-awful plastic clappers that the home fans bring to games; the East Midlands version of a vuvuzela.
Since late February their form has taken an alarming upward curve, though that appears to have flattened out recently despite the sudden show of interest by Mahrez (is there a transfer window imminent?) and Vardy. They are eleventh in the table with little to play for (including pride, that went ages ago), but may fancy a cheeky dart at us given the media hype of last season. If Demerai Gray plays, he may catch the eye of whoever is currently doing a really bad job at Spurs of trying to find a value for money game-changing winger.
As suggested above, it’ll be a surprise if Poch does anything else apart from pick his strongest side, however the news that both Walker and Trippier are unavailable means some tinkering is unavoidable. Dier to right back? Back three with Sissoko or Son as wing-back? A debut for Walker-Peters? Nope. He’s gone to South Korea with the England Under 20 side.
Given his emphasis on the mental side of the game Poch’ll be furious if any sign of letting it go as per last season rears its ugly head. He’ll be keen to learn from the players’ attitude at both Filbert St and Boothferry Park (I know I know – the King Power and the KCOM or something other branded and functional).
Michael Oliver is the referee. If anyone needs an eye witness on how good this Spurs side is they could do worse than contact Mr Oliver as this’ll be the third time he’s taken one of our games in the last 33 days and the seventh time this season!
The game is an afterthought of course given what’s been decided thus far, I suspect the first goal will be crucial.