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Pochettino criticises first half performances following Leicester City defeat

Southampton's French manager Claude Puel (L) greets Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino before the English Premier League football match between Tottenham...

Tottenham slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday night.

Southampton's French manager Claude Puel (L) greets Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino before the English Premier League football match between Tottenham...

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has stated that his side "need to improve" following a disappointing 2-1 defeat away at the King Power Stadium against Leicester City.

Two superb first half goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez put the hosts two ahead before to send Claude Puel's side into the break with a two-goal lead.

Harry Kane pulled one back for the visitors with ten minutes left on the clock, but it wasn't enough to salvage a point against an organised Leicester side. 

Riyad Mahrez and Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on November 28, 2017 in Leicester,...

In a post-match interview with the BBC, Pochettino said: "we didn't play in the way we normally play and I think the first half was poor.

"We were poor first half. We feel very disappointed with our performance. We started the game in the right way.

"To be critical with ourselves, we need to improve in the way we start. It happened against West Bromwich (Albion) and it happened against Dortmund."

Dele Alli and Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur appeal to referee Anthony Taylor during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on...

Poor first-half performances are proving to be a recurring problem for Pochettino this season, with Salomon Rondon's fourth minute goal last weekend handing Spurs an uphill struggle and two goals prior to the break against Arsenal proving costly in the North London derby.

The defeat could potentially see spurs drop down to 7th place in the Premier League table should Liverpool and Burnley both win on Wednesday night.

The North London club now find themselves 13 points off table-toppers Manchester City having played one more game. All chances of a title push are now practically over, with the focus now surely on securing Champions League football.

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