Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham wasted chance to keep pressure on Chelsea
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 20:33
But for the second season in a row it looks as though Tottenham's title dreams have been shattered, as just two wins for Chelsea will take the title back to Stamford Bridge. And today we were not capable of increasing the level collectively.
Christian Eriksen, usually so composed, betrayed the anxiety creeping into Tottenham's play when he let Son Heung-Min's pass deflect harmlessly towards Adrian when a sight of goal came his way inside the West Ham area.
Tottenham will next take on Manchester United on 14th May in what will be the north London club's last ever game at White Hart Lane.
A win for Chelsea at Middlesbrough on Monday would put Antonio Conte's team seven points clear at the top and knowing that then beating West Brom next Friday would clinch the title.
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.
If Spurs win, they can cut Chelsea's Premier League lead to a single point.
Tottenham, for all their controlled passing, struggled to penetrate West Ham's rearguard.
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Mark Noble went in heavily on Eric Dier, which earned him a yellow, although many called for red, while Hugo Lloris was perhaps fortunate to get away with a heavy challenge on Lanzini as he raced through on goal.
Pochettino's players were looking lethargic and were punished for their sloppiness in the 65th minute.
"With all the obstacles we have had this season the guys deserve a lot of credit", said manager Slaven Bilic, who has had to cope with continual speculation about his future.
"We had a few chances all at once in the first half, the keeper made a couple of good saves but after that we didn't create anything really and ended up conceding a very sloppy goal and after that, it was hard", added Dier.
West Ham turned on the style to foil a Tottenham side usually so energetic and menacing to ease any lingering relegation fears.
Although the first clear-cut opening arrived after 21 minutes as West Ham goalkeeper, Adrian produced two big saves to deny Harry Kane and Dele Alli in quick succession.