By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Mousa Dembele has claimed the title door has been pushed ajar for Tottenham after Leicester dropped two points on Sunday.
The Belgium international admits Leicester’s 2-2 Premier League draw against West Ham is a “big opportunity’ for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
Dembele is in the Spurs starting X1 on Monday night as an unchanged team faces Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
Claudio Ranieri’s side lead Tottenham by eight points with four matches of their campaign remaining, though Spurs can cut that gap to five if they win at Stoke.
“Of course we watched Leicester,” said Dembele, as quoted by the official Premier League Twitter account, when asked about the events of the weekend. “Today is a big opportunity for us but we know it won’t be easy.”
Moreover, Leicester could be without ace striker Jamie Vardy for two of their final four matches of the season after he was slapped with an improper conduct charge by the Football Association on Monday evening.
The charge is in relation to Vardy’s response to his dismissal in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against West Ham, where the striker received a second yellow after being adjudged to have dived in a bid to claim a penalty.
Vardy is already out of Leicester’s home Premier League game against Swansea but were the FA to apply a further ban to the 29-year-old he could miss one of his team’s most challenging fixtures of their title run-in, a trip to Manchester United on 1 May.
The possible absence of Vardy would be a major blow to Leicester and, correspondingly, a huge boost to their principal title rivals Tottenham.
A statement on the FA website confirmed: “Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour following his second-half dismissal against West Ham United on Sunday 17 April 2016.”
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 18, 2016
Vardy has been one of the outstanding players in the Premier League this season and is on the six-man shortlist for the Player of the Year award.
His strike in the first half of Sunday’s game brought him level with Harry Kane on 22 league goals this season.
Vardy’s extreme pace is also key to the counter-attacking style of play that has paid such huge dividends for Leicester this season.
In other Tottenham news, the Londoners have been given a major transfer boost ahead of the summer window.