Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham still fighting, but Chelsea hard to catch
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 10:04
As they had done for most of the game, the Hammers nullified every attempt by Tottenham to breach their defence after that, and could have won by a bigger margin had they been more clinical.
Spurs final three games of the season are at home to Manchester United and away to Leicester and Hull and punters can still use their free bet to back the North London club to defy the odds and claim overall glory.
Mauricio Pochettino's side headed into the match on a superb run of nine consecutive victories that had prevented Chelsea from turning their bid for glory into a procession.
Spurs missed the chance to put some real pressure on the Blues, with a victory at the London Stadium seeing the gap between the London rivals cut to one point.
Alli had an early chance in the first half when Kane's shot came out to him in the area but his effort was blocked.
"I don't like to complain", said Pochettino.
"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. They have also played on extra match. "We have to try to analyse and understand why it was hard for us to get the three points here today".
"We try to move on and finish the season in the best way, still fighting, but now it's true, it's more hard". It's not about always playing well or badly, it's not about running more or less, it's about when you must win you win.
Davies' place in Tottenham's team could come under threat in the upcoming weeks, as Rose is due to return to fitness.
West Ham's Spanish keeper then frustrated the visitors from the corner for good measure when he kept out Eric Dier's header.
Chelsea now need six points from their last four games to be crowned champions in Antonio Conte's first season in charge. But it's a great performance, especially when you do it in such an important game for them and for us.
Few people in either camp would have foreseen any other outcome, either, with West Ham limping towards the finishing line of what has been a torrid season.