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Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham still fighting, but Chelsea hard to catch

14 Mai 2017

Given they probably only need one point from their remaining three matches to secure the runner-up spot, due to their superior goal difference, there is perhaps a danger that history could repeat itself now.

Tottenham are nearly nailed-on to finish second in the table, which would be an improvement on previous year, but Pochettino and his side will still feel as though they have fallen at the last once again.

And Pochettino conceded his players came up short when they most needed to show they could cope under duress. "We must wait but it is now more hard".

"To win a league or a trophy is about key moments".

"It may sound odd, but the game we lost 3-2 at White Hart Lane in early November, we wanted to repeat it because we were really good in that game".

And boss Pochettino conceded his side had let their opportunity slip as, for the second season running, they look set to come up short.

"If you win the league, you learn".

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The right-back was left on the bench for both the FA Cup semifinal defeat to Chelsea and Sunday's North London derby win over Arsenal but did start at Crystal Palace in between. "There are many reasons that it wasn't our best day".

"The performance was just ok".

"When you are fighting for the title you can not concede those type of goals". I'm very proud. It's hard to keep your level. "I don't know. Today we missed it a little bit". "So I think he is doing a really good job and it will be good to see him on Friday".

Bilic applauded his team's defensive display and insisted the result, which ensured West Ham's safety from the drop zone, was a team effort.

However, Pocchetttino will not want a second-straight late-season fadeout. I don't like to moan, but we have had many obstacles during this season which are quite rare in football. This group of players have shown character and great ability this season.

When Spurs' title bid ended at Stamford Bridge last May they went on to lose their final two games of the season, suffering a 1-0 home defeat against Southampton and then a 5-1 loss at Newcastle, who had already been relegated.

'It was an important one for them and us, and under the lights on a Friday night, against them - you can't beat that feeling'.