June 29, 2017

Tony Gale: This is why Tottenham lost to West Ham

20 May 2017, 01:13 | Simon Arnold

Tottenham Hotspur's EPL title hopes suffer Hammer blow

West Ham's Manuel Lanzini is chased by teammates as he celebrates scoring the only goal of their match against

The result means Tottenham's fate is out of their hands with Chelsea needing to win two more games to clinch the Premier League crown in Antonio Conte's first season with the Blues.

Tottenman trainer Mauricio Pochettino knows it would take nothing short of a miracle to wrench the title from Chelsea now.

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.

Tottenham holds an eight-point lead over Liverpool with three games to go and is set for a second consecutive season in the Champions League for the first time.

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

The Hammers relied on some great goalkeeper from Spanish shot-stopper Adrian and a Manuel Lanzini goal to leave Spurs four points adrift of league leaders Chelsea. You need to do more, more. "We conceded the sort of goal you do not concede when you are a team fighting for big things". Sometimes in football the situation happens.

"We don't have to forget what we've done until today", he said.

Mourinho: Manchester United lack strength in depth to fight in two competitions
I never saw a bad face, I always saw them supporting each other. "But if everything goes normal and we have no problems, Sergio plays the final".

"Don't forget the context".

"It was hard to move the ball quickly, we were slow and we didn't have the movement in front like the last games".

Last month, Lloris told ESPN FC that "a winning mentality is already in place" at Tottenham but immediately after the game he rejected suggestions that fatigue was to blame and said his teammates had not gone the extra mile.

"I think I'm doing a good job".

He said: "It will be a very important game, the last at White Hart Lane against Manchester United with the possibility of finishing at White Hart Lane in the best way". The full-back made a sloppy start and was booked early on but he grew into the game before being replaced by Kieran Trippier with 10 minutes to go.

Pochettino admitted Spurs lacked the intensity they had shown in recent games, but rubbished suggestions that the pressure had got to his players.

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