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Dele Alli inspires victory over Leicester as Tottenham go up to third

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Having seen Chelsea and Arsenal climb above them in the day's earlier games, Tottenham knew anything other than three points would see them finish the weekend outside the top four.

With their crucial clash away to Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday, manager Mauricio Pochettino started with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen on the bench, but Son Heung-min stepped up to the mark with a wonderful left-footed opener on the stroke of halftime.

Leicester struggled to muster anything in reply, with Dele Alli making sure of the win in the 58th minute, heading home his 50th goal for Tottenham from Son's cross.

The visitors could even afford to bring Kane on for a run out, but the England striker - who had scored 13 goals in his previous 11 appearances against Leicester in all competitions - could not add to his personal tally.

Tottenham's fifth victory in six league games, and eighth on the road, moved them to within six points of leaders Liverpool. They have 36 points with Chelsea and Arsenal on 34.

Leicester are ninth after a first defeat in seven league games.

Son described his strike against Leicester as "special".

He told BT Sport 1: "I have scored some nice goals but this was special as I practice it all the time. I like this position.

"I try to score all the time. But it's an honour to play here and score with this shirt and I try to keep going."

Alli did not know if he was onside or not for his goal but is aiming to keep improving his game, both on a personal level and as part of the Spurs team.

"I was trying to hold my run and trying to stay onside. It was a tough game and a good performance from us," he said.

"I've had a few good seasons at Tottenham but as a team we know we can keep improving and as individuals keep going and get to that next level."




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