They will finally end a season above North London rivals Arsenal on the ladder, but the English Premier League title dreams of Tottenham Hotspur appear over following a shock loss to West Ham. Even at 0-0, everything was possible. A team that invigorated the title race with daring, attacking football suddenly ran out of ideas in the London derby.
Spurs headed into the Premier League game against the Hammers at the London Stadium last Friday evening high on confidence and as favourites. We were not capable of doing more. We have only three games to reduce the gap.
Mauricio Pochettino fears Tottenham have blown their chance of winning the Premier League because they lack the ruthless streak required to succeed under intense pressure.
Tottenham, though, failed to win.
"Today was a key moment and one of those moments where if you are going to win a title you have to win."
"We know, especially you Alan [Pardew], if you're [Antonio] Conte, you're dancing round your living room right now". "It will be a massive game anyway but playing against good opposition, it will be nice if we can pick up a win".
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Spurs began the second half brighter than they had the first, but Adrian was in inspired form on the night as the denied Son Heung-min after the visitors had countered with pace.
Tottenham are nearly nailed-on to finish second in the table, which would be an improvement on past year, but Pochettino and his side will still feel as though they have fallen at the last once again. "And with so many obstacles we've had in the season, the guys they deserve it". "Today was a game that was hard, they didn't give us space to play", said Pochettino, who also expressed his great pride in his team.
West Ham, meanwhile, have moved into the top half of the table and can pretty much put any relegation fears to rest at this point.
"Tonight was great in terms of character and determination but to beat a team like Spurs you need also quality", West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, whose future has been under a cloud, told reporters.
What has proved costly for Tottenham are the dropped points in the opening months of the season.
Lanzini's goal, his third in four appearances against Spurs, guaranteed West Ham's survival with two games to spare.
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