Hello. Leicester City might not be the champions of England any more, but the presence of Tottenham at the King Power Stadium does give their supporters a chance to take a walk down memory
lane. Tottenham, of course, were Leicester’s fiercest challengers during last season’s title race and even Mauricio Pochettino’s youthful tyros couldn’t keep up with those fleet-footed Foxes. They’ll always be linked by a common bond, these two, although you suspect one team appreciates it significantly more than the other.
That said, while Leicester will savour last year’s magnificence for the rest of eternity, memories to keep them warm in dark times, Tottenham are the team of the moment (other than, er, Chelsea, the team that won the title six days ago). Their win over Manchester United in the final game at the old White Hart Lane means that they are guaranteed to finish second for the first time in a Premier League, a fine achievement for a club operating on a lower budget than many of their immediate rivals. Have Tottenham fallen short? Yes, but in a way that should only make their supporters excited about whatever’s going to come next. As long as Pochettino stays and the board doesn’t get blinded by pound signs, this team will continue to grow.
It’s a tantalising thought. First, however, they have to get this season out of the way. There isn’t much riding on this game. Tottenham can’t go up and they can’t go down. Leicester are simply after the respectability of a top-10 finish after their recovery under Craig Shakespeare. It means that the pressure’s off. Which means that this could be good fun. There’s no excuse for it to be anything else.
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST.