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Spurs boss Pochettino praises champions Leicester

Mauricio Pochettino was graceful in defeat. Credit: PA

Mauricio Pochettino was quick to congratulate Leicester City on winning the lead after seeing his Spurs side blow their title chances.

Spurs drew 2-2 at Leicester to hand the trophy to Leicester but Pochettino wasn't bitter after the game.

I want to congratulate Leicester and Claudio Ranieri. I'm very disappointed but this isn't the moment to analyse the game.

– Mauricio Pochettino


Starting line-ups: Chelsea v Spurs

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."

Pochettino to extend Spurs contract until 2021

Mauricio Pochettino is staying. Credit: PA

Mauricio Pochettino has announced he plans to extend his Tottenham contract by two years until 2021.

The Argentine has led Spurs to second in the Premier League this season, which would be their highest position since 1963.

Pochettino has recently been linked to the Manchester United job but now looks set to stay at White Hart Lane.

It was an easy decision when you feel the love of the people and the potential of the club is massive, so why change?

We create a good atmosphere on the training ground and I think we can achieve big things in the future. I believe in this project and this club. I want to stay here.

– Mauricio Pochettino


Facebook Football Awards Best XI: midfielders

Dele Alli, Mesut Ozil, N'Golo Kante, Dimitri Payet, Riyad Mahrez and Willian are the six midfielders vying for three midfield spots in the Premier League Best XI at this year’s Facebook Football Awards

Ozil or Alli – who would you rather have in your team? Credit: Oulala

The awards allow you, the fans, to choose your Best XI on ITV Football's Facebook page, with the team announced live during our live awards show on May 9th.

We’ve asked Oulala to examine the key stats between the two attacking midfielders on the list – Mesut Ozil and Dele Alli – as a way of helping you decide which player deserves to be included in your team.

And the figures show that Ozil has already produced 18 assists, more than any other player in the Premier League, and twice as many as Alli, who has scored four more goals than the Arsenal star.

Ozil has also executed more key passes, created a greater number of chances and completed more successful take-ons. Alli, on the other hand, has been slightly more clinical in front of goal, with a 14% conversion rate compared with Ozil's ratio of 13%.

Dele Alli charged with violent conduct by FA

Alli has been charged with violent conduct. Credit: PA

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been charged with violent conduct, the Football Association has announced.

Alli's charge relates to an incident with West Brom's Claudio Yacob, in which the 20-year-old appeared to punch his opponent in the stomach during Monday's 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

If found guilty, Alli could face a three-match suspension. He has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the charge.

Catching Leicester unlikely says Spurs striker Kane

Spurs slipped up against West Brom. Credit: PA

Harry Kane insists Tottenham's title challenge is not over but admits Monday's slip-up against West Brom has made catching Leicester "unlikely".

Mauricio Pochettino's side were held to a 1-1 draw by the Baggies at White Hart Lane as Craig Dawson cancelled out his first-half own-goal to leave Spurs seven points adrift in the race at the top.

Leicester need only three points from their three remaining matches to be crowned champions, meaning Claudio Ranieri's men can complete their fairytale season with a win at Manchester United on Sunday.

"Is it over? I don't think so, there's still three games left," Kane said.

"If they lose the next game you just never know the pressure. It makes it a lot, lot harder now we haven't won. It's not in our hands, it's in Leicester's hands.

"They'd have to lose two and draw one and we'd have to win all three. It's not impossible but it looks unlikely the way their season has gone so far.

"But we can't control them, we haven't been able to control them for the last few weeks. They've been doing their job, as have we, it's just a shame we didn't get the three points."

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