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Spurs boss warns Leicester City: Excitement can be dangerous for title chances

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. Credit: PA

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has warned Leicester it would be dangerous to assume they have won the title already.

The Foxes need only three points from their three matches left to be crowned Premier League champions and they can complete the fairytale on Sunday with a win at Manchester United.

Even if Leicester drop points at Old Trafford this weekend, the expectation is they will finish the job, with champions scarves on sale in the city and plans in place for a trophy presentation the following week.

Spurs will be watching anxiously ahead of their game at Chelsea on Monday, and Pochettino insists there could yet be a late twist.

"It is difficult to stop the excitement they have now in Leicester. That can be dangerous," the Argentinian said.

"I hope that it is, but we need to win our game and do our job.

"The gap is seven points and there are nine points to play for. It is not easy, it is difficult, but we need to believe.

"The most important thing is not only that Leicester drop points but we need to win our game."


Victor Valdes heading back to Man Utd

Man Utd keeper Victor Valdes helped Standard Liege win the Belgian Cup. Credit: PA

Goalkeeper Victor Valdes is on his way back to Manchester United after having his loan spell at Standard Liege cut short.

The 34-year-old Spaniard joined Belgian club Standard on loan in January having made only two Premier League appearances for United since he moved to Manchester in early 2015.

Valdes helped Standard beat Club Brugge to win the Belgian Cup in March, but Les Rouches have decided to give their younger players more opportunities as the league season draws to a close.

Pulis rooting for Leicester City

Tony Pulis. Credit: PA

West Brom boss Tony Pulis believes Leicester City winning the title would be the biggest shock in football.

Albion's 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Monday means if the Foxes win at Manchester United on Sunday they will take the Premier League crown.

Both Spurs and the Foxes have three games left but Claudio Ranieri's side need just three points for their first-ever top flight trophy.

Pulis said: "Going back a long time ago (Nottingham) Forest got promoted and won the league (in 1978) and the following year won the European Cup. This is as big, if not bigger, because there's a massive divide between teams who have and haven't.

"It's as good as anyone could ever imagine. It's massive, nobody would have believed it.

"If I had to pick one I would love Leicester to do it, it's certainly in their hands now and it's theirs to take. Tottenham I'm sure will try to win the three games if Leicester do slip but we'll see."

Leicester City fans 'on fire' for Premier League win

With only three points needed for them to win the Premier League, Leicester City have a massive weekend ahead of them.

Rock band Kasabian have already promised to play a celebratory gig when the club storms to victory against Manchester United on Sunday, but the club's manager Claudio Ranieri is keeping calm.

ITV News Sport Correspondent Ian Payne reports.


Newcastle boss Benitez warns of relegation fight to the bitter end

Rafael Benitez has warned his Newcastle players they face a fight until the final minute of the season to preserve their Premier League status.

The Spaniard saw his side strike late at St James' Park to avoid a seventh successive derby defeat by arch-rivals Sunderland and snatch a 1-1 draw which ultimately did little to improve their situation at the wrong end of the table.

When it was suggested to him that the table - which shows the Magpies are three points adrift of safety with eight games remaining - looked scary, Benitez said: "It was scary before.

"I am here because I have to give the team confidence and we have to improve things. Again I will say at Leicester, you could see a lot of good things; still not enough. Today in the second half, a lot of good things; not enough.

"We have eight games to play and we know they will be incredibly difficult. We know it will be difficult, for sure. I knew before.

"We are creating chances, we are attacking and we can be there, so we have to improve this part of the game and create more chances and Mitrovic or Papiss Cisse or the other strikers will score more goals and we will be fine.

"But I can maybe say that we will have to fight until the last game and the last minute, so we have to do it."

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