Tottenham’s Harry Kane strikes four in 6-1 thrashing of Leicester

A team do not need a title to show their class. Tottenham Hotspur demonstrated their excellence at the King Power Stadium by swatting aside last season’s champions with regal aplomb. Harry Kane struck four goals and Son Heung-min scored twice as Mauricio Pochettino’s men showed determination to finish their campaign on a high even if Chelsea are out of their reach. The Premier League’s top-scorer crown is now within Kane’s grasp.

This match was about maintaining standards. There were no longer any trophies at stake nor relegation traps to dodge but both managers stressed before kick-off that they wanted their players to perform as if their futures depended on this game. That might not even have been too much of an exaggeration in some cases, although the person with the most riding on the game may have been Craig Shakespeare, whose prospects of being kept on as Leicester manager for next season could be enhanced if he finished the campaign on a triumphant note and guided the team into the top half of the table. That would amount to a display of strong and steady leadership by the 53-year-old bearing in mind the chaos that Leicester were in when Claudio Ranieri was voted out of office in February.

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