Tottenham toppled by Leicester's Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez

Pochettino reacts during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur

Pochettino reacts during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur

Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy struck a wonder goal as the Foxes edged Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in an engaging Premier League tie at the King Power Stadium.

"Today the game was open and we created many chances to draw the game and maybe to win".

"They were more aggressive than us".

Vardy latched onto a ball over the top from Marc Albrighton to volley a superb 13th minute opener, then Mahrez curled home Leicester's second on the stroke of half-time.

"After one year we need to stay calm with him". Leicester haven't been able to beat Spurs at home in the league since.

In the first half in particular, Tottenham lacked the guile to slice through the Baggies and were often reduced to shots from distance and visiting keeper Ben Foster was rarely troubled.

Their showing against the 2016 Premier League champions on Tuesday was notable as they missed a whole host of glaring chances against Claude Puel's men.

Additionally, his unwillingness to really challenge Leicester for the ball in the middle of the field really put his squad at a disadvantage.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen and Tottenham Hotspur’s Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela
Tottenham Hotspur’s Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen and Tottenham Hotspur’s Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela

And as Leicester dropped ever deeper into defence, Serge Aurier's cross should have been finished off by Llorente, who blasted over from close range. The collective performance was so poor.

The defeat leaves Tottenham 13 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City in fifth position and the north London club could fall further down the standings after Wednesday's fixtures.

It's hard to really point to anything the Englishman did well in the match.

Pochettino sent on Erik Lamela and the Argentine winger would make an almost instantaneous impact.

"But now we need to be focused and try to improve ourselves and be more consistent at Wembley, and try to win more games here like last season at White Hart Lane".

Ndidi has started all 13 games in the Premier League games for Leicester so far this term. "If we don't win [against Leicester] - it is difficult to be a contender".

"Erik is a player with different quality and it's very helpful to us for the future", said Pochettino. "I was not available to play", he said.

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