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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City - Football Match Report

11 February, 2019, 11:30 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino claims that his side deserved their 3-1 win over Leicester City, despite not being at their best at Wembley.

Vardy was introduced as a substitute after the spot-kick had been awarded and immediately took it with his very first touch of the match.

The north Londoners are five points off the top of the table as they try to catch pace-setters Liverpool and Manchester City.

Pochettino's side face Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium next time out in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday. Frustratingly for Leicester fans, those two impressive results aside, they have lost five of their last six games in all competitions, including defeats to Newport, Cardiff and Southampton.

There was an early talking point as Son was booked for diving after he went down inside the box following a challenge by Harry Maguire.

That chance was symptomatic of a disjointed start from Tottenham.

Of course, Pochettino wants his full-backs to give his midfield the width it lacks in games like this but when is high, the other should be concentrating more on his defensive duties.

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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Danny Rose's surging run ended with a close-range effort that brought a good save from Kasper Schmeichel.

Tottenham 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.

Demarai Gray should have done better than head Ricardo Pereira's cross tamely at Lloris from 10 yards out soon after the interval. We have had a lot of opportunities, not just the penalty.

A rapid exchange of passes opened up a chance for Maddison, prompting Jan Vertonghen to rashly bundle over the midfielder.

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

This will not come as a surprise to Tottenham fans. Christian Eriksen keeps his place in attack with Heung-min Son also supporting the recalled Fernando Llorente - who leads the line up front in the absence of Harry Kane.

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