Leicester City 2-4 Tottenham Hotspur
Booking European football, of sorts – Carabao Cup finalists – It might be seen as a step in the right direction at some Premier League clubs.
However, it has been another season of abject frustration for Tottenham Hotspur fans, who currently see their side as far away, if not further, from an elusive title as in any other campaign in modern times.
And with Harry Kane’s future far from secure, Lilywhites followers could be forgiven for not looking ahead with any great optimism. But interim boss, Ryan Mason insisted the club had made the best of a bad situation to ensure Europa Conference football come next term.
“First of all, we wanted to be in the Champions League,” Mason explained.
“I’ve said all along, it’s disappointing where we are in this moment. It’s very disappointing for the football club. It’s important we’re in Europe, not the European competition we’d want to be in. Wednesday night was a massive dent for us, I said that after the game.
“The most important thing to come to do today was to come and win, at a very very difficult place to come. And I thought we came here and not only won, I thought we deservedly won. I felt like we were the better team. I felt like we were in control, and like I said, we had some real moments of quality.
“So it was important we finished today with a win, for many different reasons. Yes, it’s not the competition we want to be in next year, but it’s a European competition, and we will respect it, that’s for sure.”
Spurs finished the season with a satisfactory success o0ver FA Cup winners, Leicester City, ensuring they finished above North London rivals, Arsenal, but inadvertently handing bitter rivals, Chelsea a top-four spot.
Spurs twice came from behind – Jamie Vardy netting a couple of spot-kicks. Kane, a Kasper Schmeichel blooper, followed by two late Gareth Bale goals securing seventh place. Nevertheless, Mason focused on what needed to be done, and what, on the day, had been achieved.
“I thought in the second half we were excellent, in the first half as well we were very good,” he added.
“Obviously, disappointing to concede two penalties. But firstly, I want to dedicate that win to Simon Bamber and his family. He was incredibly loved at this football club, we lost him a couple of days ago. So I’m sure he’s looking down on us, and he helped us today.
“Because in the last ten minutes we showed immense quality in those moments where there’s big pressure. We felt the pressure with their fans as well. We felt that energy within the place.
“I thought the calmness we showed, the desire first of all to run, every one of those players on the football pitch wanted to run, they wanted to compete, they wanted to fight together. And when you do that, you have a chance. Like I said, I thought in the second half we had some moments of immense quality.”
Leicester City: Schmeichel (Capt), Castagne, Fofana (Mendy 21’), Soyuncu, Albrighton (Perez 80’), Ndidi, Tielemans, Thomas, Maddison (Ricardo 62’), Iheanacho, Vardy Subs not used: Ward, Morgan, Amartey, Fuchs, Choudhury, Praet
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Doherty, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Reguilon, Højbjerg, Winks, Bergwijn (Bale 68’), Dele (Lucas 68’), Son (Rodon 90+3’), Kane Subs not used: Hart, Dier, John, Lamela, Scarlett, Vinicius
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Adam Nunn and Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: Keith Stroud
VAR: Peter Bankes
Assistant VAR: Lee Betts