Mauricio Pochettino slams Tottenham’s lack of fight after loss at Leicester City

• Spurs manager blasts players after third away league defeat in a row
• Londoners 13 points behind Manchester City who have game in hand

Mauricio Pochettino accused his Tottenham Hotspur players of lacking fight after their fading title hopes all but disappeared with a chastening 2-1 defeat at Leicester City. It was a third successive loss away from home in the Premier League for Tottenham and Pochettino said that their “sloppy” first-half performance should serve as a warning to his players that “if you don’t compete, you are going to struggle”.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez both scored spectacular goals in the opening 45 minutes and although Harry Kane pulled a goal back for Tottenham in the second half, Leicester held on for a victory that leaves Pochettino’s team 13 points behind Manchester City having played a game more.

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