Best Twitter reaction as West Ham crash Tottenham's title hopes
- Author: Julie Sanders May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 5:41
Tottenham Hotspur's Argentine head coach Mauricio Pochettino reacts during the English Premier League match against West Ham United at the London Stadium on Friday.
Manuel Lanzini's 65th-minute strike was enough to sink Spurs at the London Stadium, after Hammers keeper Adrian had denied Harry Kane and Dier in the first half.
Victory over lowly Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday would put Antonio Conte's men seven points clear with three games remaining and Chelsea's seemingly favourable run-in comprises matches with West Brom, Watford and Sunderland. We are disappointed with the result. Today was a key moment that we can show that it is not about playing well and not about running more or less. Speaking after the game, Bilic said: "We deserved to win, we did everything ok, we had a game plan and had a good pattern".
"We try to move on and finish the season in the best way, still fighting, but now it's true, it's more hard". We need to ask ourselves the right questions and try to understand what happened. Then they played deeper with 5-4-1 and it was hard to find the space.
Tottenham, for all their controlled passing, struggled to penetrate West Ham's rearguard. We knew before that game and we've known for a few weeks now that we're not allowed to slip. One dancing run down the left saw him nutmeg Sam Byram and a nice exchange with Son Heung-min in the second half resulted in Alli pulling the ball across the face of goal. "Friday night, lights, 60,000 against them, you can't beat that feeling".
Tottenham don't play again until they host Manchester United on May 14 and by then Chelsea, who travel to West Bromwich Albion two days earlier, may already be champions.
"And although they have blown the league title for the second consecutive year, this team is very close to winning something major".
Chelsea need two wins from their final four games to be crowned champions. Waves of attacks broke down as Spurs couldn't find the vital last touch - and once again, Tottenham's title challenge looks like it has been buried in east London.