Tottenham 6-2 Leicester: Player ratings for Antonio Conte’s disguise

Tottenham Hotspur Rolled to a 6-2 win at home Leicester City on Saturday. It was an interesting match – Tottenham let Leicester in a lot of the ball and made them look dangerous for parts of the match. They even allowed two goals – a Davinson Sanchez penalty and a poorly defended shot from James Madison. But Tottenham got two headed goals from Harry Kane and Eric Dier, a superb transitional goal from Rodrigo Bentancur … and a 13-minute second-half hat-trick from Super Son Heung-min. What seemed like an exciting match against the bottom team in the league turned into a defeat.

Last week in the days following Queen Elizabeth II’s death, Antonio Conte said at a press conference that he had visited Buckingham Palace “in disguise” to pay his respects to the Queen and “experience the moment”. I found this FascinatingNot because he wanted to join the crowd outside Buckingham Palace, but because he felt the need to hide. Sure, football managers are celebrities so I can understand the motivation. He was said to have been wearing a disguise hat. I think he could have done more.

Here are the players’ assessments of Tottenham’s 6-2 win over Leicester City on the subject of the ways Antonio Conte could have disguised himself at the palace to remain unchecked.

5 stars: Any member of the Beatles


It is perfect disguise. He doesn’t even have to wear a wig!

Son Heung-min (Community – 5.0): I mean, what can you say? Sony responded off the bench while fully fit for the first time since 2020 by scoring a hat-trick in 13 minutes, including two from a world long range. Welcome back boy. I never doubted you.

Gianni View: Remember how when we set him up, people talked about a set-ball coach equaling 20 goals? That may be an insult. Tottenham’s first two goals came from corner kicks, and Sanchez had two great chances from set-pieces, – a waving goal and a save from the crossbar. Spurs definitely looked dangerous from set-piece situations for the first time since…ever.

Antonio Conte (Society – 4.5): This match basically addressed all the issues we’ve had with Conte over the past few weeks – four subs (all early)! rotation! 3-5-2! Bosuma! It’s hard to blame him for anything in this match.

4.5 Stars: Giant Corgi Costume


Come on, You know you want to see this.

Rodrigo Bentancur (Community – 4.0): It’s funny, in the writer’s conversation many of us noticed in the first half that Lulu’s pass was a bit loose and he wasn’t playing great. He started after the first half by making a Leicester pass and scoring, almost as a second goal later, and was an absolute beast throughout the second half. Playing 3-5-2 certainly helped after the late, but he deserves this overall rating. If it wasn’t for Son, he’d be my girlfriend.

4 stars: Queen Elizabeth II costume


I have no evidence to prove it, but I can’t imagine that there weren’t a lot of the Queen’s costume-makers wandering outside the palace in the days after her death. It makes it easy to blend into the crowd when there are many people in bright colors, big hats and pearls.

Hugo Lloris (Community – 4.5): Hugo made some great saves in this match, and his distribution was better than the baseline. She also saved a penalty, although it didn’t count due to the infringement call that was almost never actually made. Distribution from the back is still an issue, but that’s a primary complaint. He was wonderful.

Harry Kane (Community – 4.0): He ran in perfect timing to get close to Spurs’ opening match and merged with Son for the second time. He did well playing with his teammates. Greaves is in danger this season.

Diane Kulusevsky (Society – 4.0): His ball inside the penalty area for Kane’s header was precisely defined, and Spurs looked more dangerous with him on the side. Really gave Leicester something to think about by dribbling around the Leicester square.

Eric Dyer (Community – 4.0): He put in a good performance to get to the right place to head the ball with his goal. He rarely sets a wrong foot, although it may have been a touch slow to close Madison on his target.

3.5 stars: Thomas Tuchel


Slap a blue ball cap, borrow some stilts, lose about 25 pounds, and stare straight into everyone’s eyes. He’s a genius. Nobody suspects anything.

Christian Romero (Community – 3.5): He helped strengthen the defense at the end of the second half. He gets an extra half a star for that amazing run to the center back. Sure he missed it and made sure he was a hack anyway, but wasn’t that cool? God love him.

Emerson Royal (Society – 3.0): We gave Emerson a lot of bullshit, but he did just as well as Perisic’s replacement in a 3-5-2 game that played better with his strengths.

Yves Bisoma (Community – 3.5): This is more like that. Bosuma struggled in the two-man midfield but looked more at home in all three. He made a number of good tackles and blocked the back line well, allowing Bentancourt and Hogberg more freedom and time on the ball.

3 stars: Bruno Conte


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Bruno Conte, President RomeFootball academy, she has the peculiar distinction of looking more like Antonio Conte than Conte himself. It’s totally brutal and a perfect camouflage. “No no, I see where I made the mistake, but it’s Conte, not Conte.”

Ivan Perisik (Society – 3.5): She had some good deliveries in the corners and some strong moments going forward, but she looked weak defensively and in the sea on the right. She got dribbled twice early on and was a big part of the play that led to Davinson’s penalty. He replaced Conté with Sessegnon and improved things, but I suspect that prompts the idea that he and Sess can play at the same time.

Pierre-Emile Hojberg (Society – 3.5): Overall a quiet match from General Ho. It didn’t go well and looked under a lot of pressure, especially in the first half. He improved in second place, took the assist for Sonny’s third, and looked more comfortable in the treble after Bisuma’s entry.

Richarlison (Society – 3.5): Weirdly absent in a way I wasn’t used to seeing it from him. It was probably his worst performance in a Spurs shirt, and given that I still think he’s doing fine, it’s a very strong confirmation of his overall playing this season. He was replaced by Sonny and… Well, that was the right decision, right?

Ryan Sessegnon (Community – 3.5): I hardly noticed it. Not sure if this is good or bad, so I’ll stick with it here.

2.5 stars: Anton Chigurh


To completely disguise himself as the killer from “No Country for Old Men”, Conte would need to straighten his hair and carry a cattle gun which may not have been very amusing for Buckingham Palace security. But for Antonio: a free Halloween costume idea.

Davinson Sanchez (Community – 2.5): This was a poor match even by Davy’s standards. Two errors in the play that led to the penalty kick, repeatedly allowed Dhaka to have plenty of room to move forward, and utterly appalling in possession. Hooked halfway through the second half. Not a good match. BUT – credit is given for a goal with a header (which is not weakly allowed) and for another header with a set ball leaning off the crossbar.

Clement Lenglet (Society – 3.0): A very disappointing match from Clement who had (?) a real chance to claim the LCB position with Davies injured. But he looked a loser at times in the back line, especially with regards to Madison’s goal. His long-range passes did not make up for his shortcomings in defense.

Erik Lamela Memorial Shithouse Award


Romero holiday: I didn’t actually witness any cheating from Cuti in this match, but I’m sure he did something.