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Alan Pardew sends message to Tottenham about Chelsea

19 Mai 2017

Nemanja Matic promised to buy Slaven Bilic dinner if West Ham handed Chelsea a massive boost in the title race by beating Tottenham.

Dele Alli endured a frustrating night at the London Stadium as Tottenham's title hopes blew up in smoke after a 1-0 defeat to West Ham.

Mauricio Pochettino's side were going for a 10th straight Premier League win, and headed into the game boosted by a 2-0 win against arch-rivals Arsenal last weekend.

"Spurs only created a couple of chances and looked a bit flat, I don't know why", Gale claimed on Sky Sports.

It would take a collapse of epic proportions to give Tottenham fresh hope and, while he insisted his side won't give up, Pochettino acknowledged it is nearly certain Chelsea will finish on top.

A victory for Spurs would have cut Chelsea's lead at the top of the table to a single point but Manuel Lanzini's winning goal for West Ham leaves Antonio Conte's men four points clear and with a game in hand over their nearest pursuers.

The Lilywhites will host Manchester United in their last game at White Hart Lane, before travelling to holding Champions Leicester City and then relegation threatened Hull City.

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"I'm very gutted, in the way we played especially", he said.

The visitors could find no way back as West Ham celebrated a signature win in its troubled first season at the main stadium for the 2012 Olympics which Tottenham had tried to secure in a bitter battle that ended up in court. "Friday night, lights, 60,000 against them, you can't beat that feeling".

"I'm calm but disappointed of course because we missed a chance to close the gap on Chelsea", he said.

Spurs would not play again until Chelsea play their next two games against Middlesbrough on Monday and West Bromwich Albion next Friday.

Chelsea need two wins from their final four games to be crowned champions.

Harry Kane struck one effort that Hammers goalkeeper Adrian did well to block, Dele Alli almost turned home the rebound, and then Kane was given a second opportunity which Adrian again got to.

"We showed that in the second half and perhaps deserved to score another goal".