Why Tottenham’s Champions League fate could be settled by Leicester City

After Tottenham were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City on Saturday afternoon, the fans fully expected the gap between Spurs in third and the chasing pack to be closed or removed.

While Chelsea can still leapfrog us by beating Burnley on Monday night, defeats for Manchester United and Arsenal were a real boost for Mauricio Pochettino’s men in the race for the top four.

That said, Tottenham must look for maximum points against Brighton, West Ham, Bournemouth and Everton in the remaining Premier League games – a feat that would ensure third place.

Looking at the remaining run-ins, Spurs fans will be backing Leicester City to do them a favour and take points off two of their main title rivals.

Brendan Rodgers’ men face both Arsenal and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium before the end of the season and a positive result for the Foxes against one or both could well be the difference for Tottenham.

Leicester are still fighting to finish seventh and potentially qualify for next season’s Europa League, giving them something to play for and ensuring that the games against the top-four hopefuls will have some meaning for them.

While Tottenham winning all their games will make that irrelevant, should Pochettino’s men slip up at any point, it could be the Foxes that come to the rescue.

The first challenge comes against Brighton at home on Tuesday night. Spurs should take heart out of their performance against City on Saturday and clearly have the required quality to blow the Seagulls away.

Brighton have been really poor of late, but Spurs must be careful as Chris Hughton’s men are in danger of being dragged into the relegation places and are still fighting to maintain their Premier League status.