Why Jamie Vardy was benched for Tottenham vs Leicester

Tottenham vs Leicester

Sunday’s Premier League action kicked off with Tottenham vs Leicester.

Can Tottenham win the league title?

While few believe Spurs will finish the season as champions, Mauricio Pochettino’s side remain in the mix.

Sitting in third on 57 points before Leicester, Liverpool are only eight points above the Lillywhites.

As for the Foxes, they are 12th on 32 points at the start of play.

Confirmed line-ups

Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Rose, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Winks, Sissoko, Skipp, Eriksen, Son, Llorente.

Subs: Alderweireld, Wanyama, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Gazzaniga, Aurier, Lucas Moura.

Leicester: Schmiechel, Chilwell, Evans, Maguire, Pereira, Tielemans, Mendy, Barnes, Ghezzal, Maddison, Gray.

Subs: Simpson, Morgan, Vardy, Ward, Okazaki, Ndidi, Choudhury.

Why Jamie Vardy was benched

The big news for Leicester was that Jamie Vardy was left on the bench at kickoff at Wembley Stadium.

There had been little to suggest that Vardy wouldn’t start against Spurs this weekend.

Moreover, Vardy is well-known to have an awesome scoring record against the top six sides.

However, rumours have been rife for a while that Vardy doesn’t see eye-to-eye with manager Claude Puel.

The BBC have played up suggestions of a rift between the manager and the striker.

On the BBC website on Sunday, readers are told the following:

According to some reports, Vards was judged to have been a tad unhappy that his chief went to talk to Manchester United’s Paul Pogba after the 1-0 defeat last weekend.

Puel said: “I have a good relationship with him. We know Jamie – after he lost he is angry, it’s normal for a player.”

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