Mauricio Pochettino suggests Tottenham lack pace
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 21/03/15 11:07pm
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested his squad lacks pace after admitting Leicester have faster players than he does and caused his side problems.
The bottom-of-the-league Foxes pushed Spurs all the way in a 4-3 thriller at White Hart Lane, with wide-man Jamie Vardy gaining particular joy down Tottenham’s right-hand side.
Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as the hosts came out on top but Pochettino admitted his side had a “difficult” time against a team in deep relegation trouble.
He told Sky Sports: “We knew Leicester are a very good team. They have very good players, they run a lot, they were faster and played good football.
“It was a very tough game for us. After 2-0 we were better from the beginning of the game but when they scored at the end of first half it was difficult. They have players that are faster and get in front.
“We knew before we expected a very tough game and they are a team that deserve to be higher in the table because they played very well.”
Kane’s hat-trick made him the Premier League’s top goalscorer with 19, which crowned a superb week for the 21-year-old after he was selected for the England senior side for the first time.
“It’s fantastic for Harry – his first hat-trick in Premier League,” Pochettino said. “I have to congratulate him because it is a very good thing for him.”
"I think Harry is (only a) part of Tottenham, but I am happy for him. We worked hard today in a difficult game, but it's true Harry is a very important player for us."
Spurs had to do without Hugo Lloris from the first minute onwards after the goalkeeper collided with team-mate Kyle Walker.
The France goalkeeper left the field on a stretcher after several minutes of treatment on a gashed knee which could keep him out of their upcominginternational fixtures.
"He's in hospital with the doctor and we wait for news," Pochettino said. "He got a big cut on the tendon of his knee. We hope it's nothing big."