Jamie Vardy sees penalty saved with his first touch against Spurs

Heather Diaz
February 11, 2019

Goals from Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son secured all three points for Spurs in a 3-1 win.

Leicester played so well.

With Harry Kane and Dele Alli still out injured and no new signings made in January, Pochettino thinks his players deserve huge credit for a run of form that has kept them within five points of first place.

Next up for Tottenham is Wednesday night's Champions League round of 16 showdown with Borussia Dortmund.

"Sometimes you can win games not playing your best. The way we conceded [chances] is more than we usually concede but I think the victory's fair".

"The effort was fantastic, with the circumstances that happened in this game and also this season".

Insisting he was happy for Vardy to take the penalty, Puel said: "I gave him the opportunity".

"He's one of the best keepers in the world", he said.

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- Tottenham have won 20 league games this season - only in their top-flight title winning campaign of 1960-1961 have they ever won more after their first 26 matches of a season (22).

The South Korea global 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.

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Still angry about the decision after the match, Pochettino fumed: "It's unbelievable".

"I am a person that always accepts the mistake but I think it was so unusual the situation today". I told Michael Oliver.

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

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

And this was their worst loss in any competition since 1991 after failing to recover from Sterling's fourth-minute opener.

Leicester called for offside, but their protests were in vain as Sanchez launched himself into a diving header that flashed past Kasper Schmeichel.

Replays showed the Colombian defender was just onside as he scored his first goal for Tottenham since his 2017 move from Ajax.

A rapid exchange of passes opened up a chance for Maddison, prompting Jan Vertonghen to rashly bundle over the midfielder. He duly took the ball from James Maddison and claimed the spot kick as his.

As for Leicester, Jamie Vardy is dropped to the bench with Gray coming in to the attack.

Oliver Skipp charged down Ricardo Pereira's clearance, Fernando Llorente fed Eriksen, who added to his earlier assist by sending a low shot into the bottom corner in the 63rd.

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