Pochettino praises Spurs, blasts referee, Latest Football News

Lynette Rowe
February 13, 2019

" Do you think that we're a team trying to cheat a referee?" An even game, we conceded more chances than we normally concede. I am more relaxed because we won the game, three important points we got, but so disappointed with the situation because everyone wants to talk about different clubs or players.

Last season Spurs went out at the same stage to Juventus after losing at home following a draw in Turin, but Pochettino said that game will have no bearing on tomorrow at Wembley, where defender Jan Vertonghen expects a packed stadium will be right behind the home side.

This gritty success was the ideal preparation for hosting Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday.

He said: "More than anything I decided on Tottenham because there was an Argentinian manager and support team - or they can [at least] speak Spanish - and because it was a club that supported young players a lot".

Although the scoreline suggests an easy win for Mauricio Pochettino's men, who are in third place in the Premier League, five points behind Manchester City and Liverpool, Leicester looked risky and had 20 shots at goal. 'They have so many fantastic players and I'm not surprised they're top of the league in Germany.

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"It's going to be very, very hard".

We were struggling to find our rhythm as the visitors started to dominant and push us back, Vardy and substitute Kelechi Iheanacho spurning good efforts and they were peppering our box with crosses high and low. But in terms of mentality, spirit you can not ask more. For sure we'll improve. In some days it's hard to deal with Wembley but hopefully in this big game we'll receive this help from the crowd'.

Lloris is widely revered as one of the best goalkeepers in English football and he had to be at his best to deny Jamie Vardy from the penalty spot at the weekend.

The Spurs shot-stopper revealed how relieved he was after saving Vardy's strike, insisting that moment was a turning point in the contest. But the problem is that when I played in midfield I wanted to take the ball every time, so maybe I have to be careful. We kept consistency, so it's a great feeling in the changing room. You need intuition and a bit of luck [to save it]'.

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