The Chalkboard: Leicester must target Spurs’ full-backs

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Leicester City travel to Wembley Stadium on Sunday to take on Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League clash.

The hosts will head into the match as favourites, but as the Foxes proved with their hard-fought recent draw against Liverpool, they are capable of taking points off of the top teams if they get their gameplan right. 

On the chalkboard

Claude Puel will be keen to give his side every tactical advantage they can get when they face Spurs. He’ll also be looking for his opponent’s weaknesses. One such chink in Spurs’ armour is their defensive frailties in the wide positions.

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Mauricio Pochettino has plenty of full-backs at his disposal, in the likes of Kieran Trippier, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies and Danny Rose. All are attack-minded full-backs though, and all have their defensive weaknesses. Leicester should look to exploit this by channeling their attacks into the wide areas.

Time to be bold

Leicester have the capacity to hurt Spurs in these areas. In the likes of Demarai Gray and Ricardo Pereira they have plenty of pace and dynamism on the flanks. Puel should be bold and encourage this own-full backs to push forward to create overlaps and situations when Spurs’ wide defenders can be outnumbered. 

Getting a result against Tottenham will certainly not be easy, and the Foxes would have to be at their very best to pull it off, but by targeting Spurs in this area of weakness the visitors give themselves their best chance of success.