LONDON: Leicester City can make their dreams come true if they win at Manchester United on Sunday after closest pursuers Tottenham’s were held 1-1 at home by West Bromwich.
As Tottenham slipped off the pace they also face the prospect of losing Young Player of the Year Dele Alli for the rest of term with a three-match ban after he appeared to punch West Brom’s Claudio Yacob.
The incident occurred in the first half of a 1-1 draw that all but ended Tottenham’s hopes of catching Leicester to win the Premier League title.
The 20-year-old had been upended twice in the early stages by Yacob at White Hart Lane but his reaction could see him miss the rest of Tottenham’s campaign if found guilty of violent conduct.
It is not the first time Alli has landed himself in hot water this season. He was lucky to escape punishment for throwing a ball in the face of Sunderland defender Patrick van Aanholt in January and then a month later he seemed to drag his feet over an opponent’s back against Fiorentina in the Europa League.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is concerned that opponents players are starting to provoke Alli.
He said: “I hear some comments but I have had no time to see the action. Sometimes the opponent find him and try to provoke, they know he has a strong character and may react. “I don’t know what has happened, we will see. I have nothing to comment now but Dele has a strong character if you wind him up.”
Leicester now sit seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham with just three games remaining.
Craig Dawson’s own goal had put the hosts ahead in the first half but the defender made amends, heading home with 18 minutes left to leave Spurs’ title hopes hanging by a thread.
“It is not over,” Pochettino said. “The gap is seven points and we have ahead three games. It is true that it is very difficult, more difficult than before the game, but we still believe and we are still fighting.
“We have to hope Leicester drop points and we get three points at Chelsea (next Monday).”