Chelsea relieved after Spurs lose at West Ham
- Author: Julie Sanders May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 1:00
Tottenham could have cut leaders' Chelsea's advantage to one point with a victory but instead the gap will stretch to a seemingly unbridgeable seven with three games left if Chelsea beat struggling Middlesbrough at home on Tuesday (AEST).
Tottenman trainer Mauricio Pochettino knows it would take nothing short of a miracle to wrench the title from Chelsea now.
They could still mathematically be dragged into the bottom three but, by drawing with West Brom to reach the magic 40-point mark, Sean Dyche's side all but ensured they will spend two consecutive seasons in the Premier League for the first time.
West Ham's manager, Slaven Bilic, said his team produced one of their best performances of their season to secure the win that banishes all relegation fears and all but relieves the pressure on him.
Tottenham's Harry Kane looks dejected after the English Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium on Friday.
It should also take the heat off of manager Slaven Bilic whose position has come under pressure this season despite steering West Ham to seventh a year ago. Sometimes in football the situation happens. Maybe we didn't deserve to lose, but we did because we conceded a goal.
"You need to do more, to push to your limit, and unfortunately we were not capable of doing that". "This team pushed a lot and it demands a lot of energy". When you have the chance and the opportunity is there, you need to get it, and this time we were not capable of increasing the level collectively.
"You shouldn't forget the context".
"The more points that they drop, the better for us and the closer to the title we are with less games".
"It was already going to be hard and now it's even harder", Dier said.
What can you say about the West Ham goal except it was rather fortunate and very, very scrappy.
With Tottenham trailing Chelsea by four points in second place, the challenge now is holding on for its highest finish in 54 years. Now we must try to be ready for the next game.
"I think I'm doing a good job".