Was a 1-0 defeat the best thing to happen to Tottenham's title challenge?

Tottenham could have Leicester to thank for their recent form.

Tottenham Hotspur could have a title rival to thank for their most recent winning form.

Indeed, their 1-0 loss at Leicester City in mid-January has sparked a surge of wins that have put the north London side in a very strong position domestically.

After that 1-0 defeat, Tottenham have won seven domestic games in a row (FA Cup and Premier League) - including a sample of revenge on Leicester themselves, as well as some simply huge league victories.

Spurs have netted goals galore since the Leicester loss, scoring four twice and three twice, also showcasing their resilience against Watford and their heart and courage at Manchester City.

Clearly, Mauricio Pochettino's men don't like losing. The one-goal reverse v the Foxes was only Tottenham's third top-flight defeat of the season and it seems to have inspired a determination to avoid the painful feeling a defeat can bring.

Leicester went through something similar, tightening up their defence after losing 1-0 to Liverpool, although they suffered defeat to Arsenal last weekend.

For Tottenham, their 1-0 defeat may have been the best thing to happen to their title challenge. It's one of the best responses to a loss from a Premier League side in recent years.

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