Mauricio Pochettino reckons that the VAR review that disallowed Tottenham’s goal inspired Leicester City’s 2-1 comeback win.
A Harry Kane first-half goal put Pochettino’s Spurs team in control at Leicester before Serge Aurier struck the bottom corner of the net.
Celebrations for the Ivory Coast defender’s goal, however, were short-lived as referee Paul Tierney ruled it out. A VAR review led him to see that Son Heung-min was marginally offside, which led the official to dismiss the goal.
Ricardo Pereira then equalised for Leicester before James Maddison’s long-range strike secured a memorable 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium.
Therefore, Pochettino was left to rue the disallowed goal after losing his 250th game in charge of Spurs.
“It gives belief to a team that could have been dead,” said the Argentine coach.
“Both sides are affected by this situation. If we score the second, the game is over.
“That is football. It is true to concede two goals every game makes it difficult to win. Before we concede we were the best side.
“After we concede at 1-1 we had chances to score the second. But in Premier League it is the most beautiful league because it is never over.”
In fairness, though, Leicester also had a goal ruled out through Wilfried Ndidi’s close-range effort. As it was prior to Kane’s opener, it would have put the hosts in front.
For Pochettino, perhaps, the more pressing concern now is on how he plans to deal with Spurs’ away form. The last time they won away from home in the league came in January.
“We need to improve our performance away from home,” admitted the Spurs boss.
“We are going to work hard and improve. In the big picture, I am disappointed but very positive and optimistic.”
Spurs have now dropped down to fifth place in the Premier League, for the time being.