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Spurs 0-1 Leicester - Mauricio's verdict

Posted on 14 January 2016  - 01:05

Mauricio Pochettino admitted it was difficult to explain how we ended up losing to Leicester on Wednesday night.

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We dominated for long spells against the high-flying Foxes but fell to a sucker punch goal as Robert Huth headed home Christian Fuchs’ corner seven minutes from time.

Kasper Schmeichel denied us on a number of occasions as we racked up 24 efforts at goal, most notably in our best spell of the second half when he diverted Harry Kane’s chance onto the crossbar.

It just wasn’t to be as we slipped to only our third loss in 21 matches in the Premier League but remain fourth in the table.

“It’s difficult to accept when you give your all,” said Mauricio.

“The effort was unbelievable but how do you explain when you see the stats, you create a lot more chances but you lose the game? This is football. We need to be strong and learn from this game.”

Mauricio on the match…
“We’re very disappointed because we gave great effort, managed the game and created chances. Leicester are on a very good run, they believe and when you don’t score and give the opportunity to a team to stay in the game, sometimes this can happen. We need to keep working, try to take the positives and prepare for Saturday because we have another tough game.”

Mauricio on the importance of scoring when you are on top in a game…
“Teams like Leicester who play in a different way to us, if you don’t score, they always have life and become more motivated. We created a lot of chances but (at 0-0) they are still alive. Then, you can make a mistake and concede a goal like the goal we conceded in the last few minutes and it’s difficult to come back into the game.”

Mauricio on getting back to work on Thursday…
“In football, you need to keep working hard, to be positive and the only way to try to win the next game is to work hard on the training ground, to recover and prepare for the next game. Every game is different and we need to be focused.”

We take on Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday (12.45pm KO).