Leicester City look to end winless streak against Tottenham Hotspur

Paul Merson

Arsenal legend Paul Merson

Three points today is by no means a guarantee for Tottenham, but with Heung-min Son back and looking up for the challenge of being his team's main man, you should just about count them as favourites.

This was another outing where they rode their luck at times, especially when Vardy's penalty miss and a series of poor finishes from Maddison and Barnes are taken into account, but Pochettino's side simply keep finding a way to get the points.

"Leicester played in a fantastic way and I think we won the game thanks to our spirit and character", said Spurs captain Lloris ahead of the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on Wednesday. "It was an even game - we conceded more than we usually concede - but I think the victory is fair", he told reporters at his post-match press conference.

Punishment was handed down for that miss three minutes later, as Llorente's deft touch teed up Eriksen who sent a cracking strike into the far corner.

Son has now become the fourth Spurs player to be booked for diving this season and, when Pochettino was asked whether his side are being unfairly targeted, he replied: "I don't understand why, if that's what you say".

Pochettino has also insisted that his side are still in the hunt, telling Sky Sports after the win: "Again we are there, we are fighting and showing great character".

Finally piecing together an incisive raid, Tottenham were furious when Son's penalty appeal ended in a booking for diving after Maguire stuck out a leg to halt the South Korean.

"We came from a tough Christmas period when the teams in Germany and Spain were enjoying some holidays", he said.

That was after a well-worked move allowed Ricardo Pereira to drill in a cross from the right. Known for accurate spot-kicks, Jamie Vardy took responsibility but failed to beat Lloris from 12-yards out.

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