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Mauricio Pochettino: 'Tottenham Hotspur deserved victory over Leicester City'

Moussa Sissoko poses for Moussa Sissoko insists there is long enough to go this season for Spurs to overtake Man City and Liverpool Credit Rii Schroer
Cary Erickson | 11 February, 2019, 09:44

In a freaky turn of events, Vardy came off the bench for Gray and walked straight up to the spot to take the penalty, only for Lloris to dive to his right and push it away to safety.

Pochettino, who apologised for kicking the ball into the stands while celebrating Tottenham's third goal, then highlighted a past dispute with Oliver, who turned down a late penalty appeal for Son during Liverpool's 2-1 win at Tottenham in September.

Pochettino has not forgotten that incident and was incredulous in his response to Sunday's re-run.

I think if you want to fight for big things, you need a little bit of luck and it was for our side, but we deserved it.

We'll have team news for you very shortly. The problem is, I told Michael Oliver, the situation of Liverpool in the last minute that should be a penalty, but it was a clear penalty.

"It was the same referee but now I don't know how he has measured the situation". It is so hard. I am a person who accepts the mistakes, but today it was so clear.

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

But Lloris stepped up when it mattered most with an excellent save, a pivotal moment as we went 2-0 up minutes later, giving ourselves a platform to go on and win the game.

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Tottenham will host Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash at Wembley next Wednesday night as they look to take a step closer to the quarter-finals.

Dortmund played on Saturday and the Argentinian believes his side are now at a massive disadvantage by having 24 hours less to recover.

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Leicester have lost four of their last five league games, increasing the pressure on under-fire boss Claude Puel.

Tottenham kept alive their bid to gate-crash the Premier League title race as Davinson Sanchez's first goal for the club and Hugo Lloris's penalty save inspired a 3-1 win over Leicester on Sunday.

"He was ready to come on the pitch and I gave him the opportunity to take the penalty", the Frenchman said. We didn't find the good finish. "All the game we had a lot of chances". It was a game in our hands, and we had a lot of chances and created a lot of good moves.

"He's almost ready to play, but we need to be realistic too".