Tottenham overcome Leicester challenge to stay in title hunt

Paul Merson

In contrast, Bundesliga leaders Dortmund have an extra 24 hours rest before their Champions League last 16 first leg clash with Tottenham in London on Wednesday.

Mauricio Pochettino saluted Tottenham's fighting spirit as they kept alive their bid to gate-crash the Premier League title race with a 3-1 win over Leicester on Sunday.

Spurs also have injury problems of their own with Harry Kane and Dele Alli both ruled out of Wednesday's game.

Lloris calls for total concentration of the players and the presence of fans at Wembley to ensure victory.

Dortmund are five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, and Pochettino accepts that his team face a huge challenge in the coming weeks - but has backed them to progress.

While the scoreline suggests that the Lilywhites might have had an easy game but we assure you, it wasn't. "It's a massive disadvantage to play with one day less to prepare".

Pochettino says Tottenham and the other Premier League teams in Europe are already at a disadvantage because of the winter breaks given to German, Italian and Spanish teams.

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Nobody inside the camp wants to forget, too, how they beat Dortmund at home and away in last season's group stage, took four points from Real Madrid and ran Juventus close in the last 16.

In his absence, Sancho, 18, already a full England global, has taken over playmaking duties and was outstanding in scoring a goal, setting up two more and hitting the post against Hoffenheim before Dortmund leaked three late goals.

"That is why everyone has the feeling we can do it this year".

But one of Dortmund's greatest threats comes from right-winger Jadon Sancho, who should be raring to get at the Spurs defence.

It promises to be a gripping occasion and the Wembley attendance will not be capped, meaning Spurs can hope for a huge crowd.

The problem is, I told Michael Oliver, the situation of Liverpool in the last minute that should be a penalty, but it was a clear penalty. "They all need to make progress and we will be passionate with these players".

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