Pochettino hails Spurs heroes after 3-1 win

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on February 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino heaped praise on his players following today’s 3-1 win over Leicester City.

Davinson Sanchez netted an early opener for Spurs after being set-up by Christian Eriksen with the Danish playmaker later getting on the scoresheet himself in the 33rd-minute of the match.

Son Heung-min then scored a stoppage-time third goal after Jaime Vardy had briefly put Leicester back into contention.

The 3-1 win moves Spurs back to within five points of leaders Manchester City in third-place in the Premier League.

“It’s a good time with the circumstances [to win]. I think my players are heroes. I repeat because our effort was amazing,” said Pochettino, according to Sky Sports.

“Again we are there, we are fighting and showing great character. Like this afternoon it maybe wasn’t our best performance, and it’s impossible during 10 minutes to be at the same level, but we’re still in it.”

The Argentine coach insists Son was unfairly booked as he didn’t dive in the area from Harry Maguire’s challenge.

He added: “It wasn’t simulation first of all. It was a little bit unlucky.

“During the game the referee was good but we didn’t have luck in that situation because that was a clear penalty.

“Son, when he scored the third goal, he showed how he is with his character, personality and capacity to run more than 90 minutes.

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“It was a fantastic effort from him, great quality finishing and I was so happy for him because it was the key moment to feel a big relief after the whole game.”

Pochettino also provided an update on Eriksen’s future at Spurs following another superb performance today.

“We’ve spoken a lot about that, now we need to keep going, for him to continue performing in his best and of course I told you before he’s such an important player for us,” He added on Football London.

“We’ll see what happens. I think I’ve used a few metaphors in the past about Christian, remember related with my family and my dog.

“He needs to feel freedom to take his decisions. I think keeping going, so happy with him and we’ll see what happens in the end.”

Spurs will next host German giants Borussia Dortmund at Wembley for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash.