Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Tottenham overcome Leicester City’s challenge to stay in EPL title hunt

Paul Merson reveals his prediction for Tottenham v Leicester Tottenham's Pochettino critical of referee Oliver for 'unbelievable' Son booking
Kristopher Love | 11 February, 2019, 11:27

Alan Shearer has admitted that he was wrong to rule Tottenham out of the Premier League title race back in December.

Leicester, who have beaten City at home and Chelsea away, while also taking points off Liverpool, impressed in the opening half an hour and with January signing Youri Tielemans showing some good touches on his debut.

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.

Their attention now turns to the Champions League, where they host Borussia Dortmund in the last 16, though Pochettino is unhappy with the scheduling of this game against the Foxes.

"Sometimes you can win games not playing your best".

"What happens happens at the end of the season, they are going to be remembered".

Fernando Llorente was caught napping early on when Harry Maguire evaded the Tottenham striker's marking and met James Maddison's free-kick with a towering header that Lloris tipped over.

The South Korea worldwide went tumbling in the area after an attempted tackle by Harry Maguire, but referee Oliver showed him a yellow card after deeming he had dived. "Unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable", Pochettino said. It's so hard. I'm a person that always accepts the mistake but I think it was so unusual, the situation today. The problem is I told Michael Oliver, the situation of Liverpool in the last minute that should be a penalty.

"It was the same referee but now I don't know how he has measured the situation". We are such nice people'.

Pochettino's men channelled their frustration into a sustained assault on the Leicester goal.

Tottenham kept pressing and were rewarded with a well-worked 33rd minute opener.

Replays showed the Colombia defender was just onside as he scored his first goal for Tottenham since his 2017 move from Ajax. We have had a lot of opportunities, not just the penalty.

It was not the first time a player has taken a spot-kick in the Premier League immediately after coming on with Wigan midfielder Ben Watson doing so on New Year's Eve in November 2011, sealing a 2-2 draw.

"I know bookmakers have them as third favourites but, for the points they have racked up, you simply can not take them out of the discussion".

Eriksen then doubled Tottenham's lead inside three minutes.