Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Leicester City – Reaction
Brian Jeeves reporting from White Hart Lane
Turning the clock back to January 13, 2016. Leicester City arrived at White Hart Lane and continued to upset the applecart, despite the experts insisting their bubble would eventually burst. I mean, Leicester winning the Premier League! It couldn’t possibly happen, could it?
MAURICIO POCHETTINO reflected in frustration upon his side’s defeat to this seasons surprise package, Leicester City, at White Hart Lane.
Robert Huth’s late header earned the resolute Foxes three priceless points, keeping the East Midlanders unlikely title aspirations on track – but believe me, they are the real deal.
Pochettino’s side started brightly but was ultimately frustrated then hit by a sucker punch: “In football, we have to accept that and try to improve over the next games,” the Argentine explained.
“It’s tough to accept the result after we gave it our all, a great effort from the players. But you know sometimes you don’t score, and if you give chances like we gave, a little mistake, you lose the game.”
When asked about the performance of Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel, Pochettino said: “I think he was Man of the Match. But because of this, we are not worried, we are calm, sometimes this happens in football. We have seen all the stats, all our positives and it’s difficult to explain why we don’t take the three points.”
Meanwhile, delighted Leicester chief, Claudio Ranieri, said: “It was good for Robert. it was good for all of us, it was good for the fans. It was a difficult match because Tottenham, in my opinion, are one of the best teams with so many great players.
“They played very well, the first fifteen minutes they were unbelievable. They press a lot. We wanted to press them, but it was impossible. But we maintained our calm, our shape and slowly we got better. On the counter-attack, we created two great chances to score, but Lloris made fantastic saves.
Ranieri continued: “The second half was an open match. Both teams wanted to win. “We scored a goal and Kasper (Schmeichel) made a fantastic save. “It’s our third match in a row with a clean sheet, I’m very glad.”