Pochettino hails Tottenham 'heroes' after fourth straight league win

Oliver Skipp arrives at Wembley

In the space of just a few weeks, Tottenham Hotspur have lost two of their most important attacking players to injury, crashed out of both domestic cups and also found their way (just about) back into a title race.

"Again, their effort was fantastic".

"Dortmund play fantastic football with fantastic players and I'm not surprised they're top of the league in Germany", said Lloris to reporters.

Leicester manager Claude Puel, who started with Vardy on the bench a week after the striker appeared to call him a "f***ing k***head" following their 1-0 home loss to Manchester United, defended the decision to let him take it.

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. Whether it was a good thing, not a good thing, we don't know.

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. "All the game we had a lot of chances".

"Of course his quality is there and we can not doubt that".

Vardy had scored his previous seven penalties and would later reduce the arrears, but Spurs would seal the win through Heung-Min Son in stoppage time.

Son appeared to be tripped by Leicester defender Harry Maguire in the first half but Oliver brandished a yellow card to the South Korea worldwide with replays showing Maguire's boot had made contact with his shin.

"Today do you think that Sonny deserved to be booked? Unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable", Pochettino said.

"In terms of performance, we have to do better if we want to dream of big achievements, but in terms of mentality and in terms of spirit you can not ask for more", Lloris said.

I don't think many defenders have been included in the Team of the Week after they had faced up against the most timid strike force in the Premier League, but Huddersfield actually discovered a semblance of attacking threat against Arsenal, with the Terriers having 15 shots compared to the Gunners nine.



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