Tottenham hit top form for title challenge
TOTTENHAM manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned leaders Leicester that his side are getting stronger in the last lap of the title race.
Harry Kane scored twice, the first after 44 seconds, then set up a third for Christian Eriksen as Bournemouth were swept aside at White Hart Lane.
It means the gap between Tottenham and Leicester is back to five points, following the latter’s win at Crystal Palace on Saturday, but Pochettino’s men are now free of distractions after last week’s Europa League exit.
He said: “We’ll play one game every week, and we’ll have time to prepare games in a different way, to train, to improve and do a lot of things that were impossible before. Leicester have a good advantage but we need to fight and believe.”
Liverpool tossed away a two-goal at Southampton. The visitors dominated early on and should have been further ahead than the two-goal lead given to them courtesy of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge’s strikes.
Home boss Ronald Koeman brought on both Sadio Mane and former Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama at the interval – with the former going on to miss a 49th-minute penalty.
But the Senegal international dusted himself off and scored a brace either side of a Graziano Pelle strike. Koeman said: “It is my birthday tomorrow and this is the best present I could get.” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: “It was a perfect first half and we could have scored more. In the second-half Southampton deserved it.”
Aleksandar Mitrovic ended Newcastle’s miserable derby run against Sunderland with a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw which left both clubs still in the relegation zone.
Jermain Defoe’s first-half volley at St James’ Park looked like handing Sunderland a seventh-straight derby win before the Serb’s 83rd-minute header handed Rafael Benitez his first point.