Tottenham's Pochettino critical of referee Oliver for 'unbelievable' Son booking

Paul Merson

Arsenal legend Paul Merson

Jurgen Klopp's men maintain the advantage of a game in hand, but handed a reprieve by Liverpool's draws against Leicester and West Ham in recent weeks, City look determined to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League.

"The problem is, I told Michael Oliver [about] the situation against Liverpool in the last minute that should have been a penalty".

This gritty success was the ideal preparation for hosting Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday.

Of course, Pochettino wants his full-backs to give his midfield the width it lacks in games like this but when is high, the other should be concentrating more on his defensive duties. I am a person that always accepts the mistake, but I think it was so unusual the situation. What happens at the end of the season, they are going to be remembered.

"It was the same referee but now I don't know how he has measured the situation". Frustratingly for Leicester fans, those two impressive results aside, they have lost five of their last six games in all competitions, including defeats to Newport, Cardiff and Southampton.

"I think it's hard", he said.

Asked whether he was pleased to see Vardy taking the penalty, Pochettino said: "Now, yes, but more than the mistake of whoever shot, it was a massive save from my keeper. Come on, we are the most innocent people on the pitch". We have had a lot of opportunities, not just the penalty.

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Mauricio Pochettino's side took the lead through Sanchez's first half header, but they were indebted to Lloris for keeping out Jamie Vardy's spot-kick after the interval at Wembley.

A rapid exchange of passes opened up a chance for Maddison, prompting Jan Vertonghen to rashly bundle over the midfielder.

It proved a key moment as Eriksen doubled Tottenham's lead just three minutes later as he picked up Llorente's lay-off on the edge of the box and curled an inch-perfect effort into the corner past Schmeichel.

Vardy gave Leicester hope in the 76th minute, pouncing from close-range to convert Pereira's cross in typically predatory fashion.

That was after a well-worked move allowed Ricardo Pereira to drill in a cross from the right.

But Son had the last word in the 90th minute as the winger raced clear to slot past Schmeichel for his 15th goal of the season.

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