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Pochettino fumes as fixtures give Spurs ‘massive’ Euro task

11 February 2019

Leicester City are in desperate need of breathing new life into their season.

- Gray (22y 226d) made his 100th Premier League appearance in this match - only Emile Heskey (21y 114d) played his 100th game for the Foxes in the competition at a younger age.

A 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth in their last away game was Chelsea's heaviest league defeat since 1996.

Maddison picked the ball up, ready to take the spot kick, but Puel immediately sent Vardy on in place of Demarai Gray to take the penalty, and Leicester's top scorer saw his powerful effort saved by Hugo Lloris.

Ouch - though he did bounce back to score and make it 2-1!

Tottenham were rewarded with a well-worked 33rd minute opener. We won but against a bigger side we couldn't have won that type of game.

Christian Eriksen netted moments later and although Vardy got one back, Son Heung-min's late strike ensured third-placed Tottenham clinched a fifth win in their last six league games.

The Lilywhites now find themselves five points behind second-placed Liverpool FC as they look to try and keep themselves in the title race.

This gritty success was the ideal preparation for hosting Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday. "I can accept to play today if Dortmund play today and then we play on Wednesday", Pochettino told reporters. "The way we conceded [chances] is more than we usually concede but I think the victory's fair".

Son has now become the fourth Spurs player to be booked for diving this season and, when Pochettino was asked whether his side are being unfairly targeted, he replied: "I don't understand why, if that's what you say".

The Leicester striker was dropped to the bench by Claude Puel in the loss to Spurs, but he had a lively contribution when he was brought on after 60 minutes at Wembley.

While Tottenham are still outsiders to win their first English title since 1961, their ability to stay in contention, despite injuries to key players Harry Kane and Dele Alli suggests they shouldn't be completely written off. It was a game in our hands, and we had a lot of chances and created a lot of good moves.

Pochettino fumes as fixtures give Spurs ‘massive’ Euro task