Spurs title hopes on the rocks after crushing loss to Irons

Mauricio Pochettino has said that Tottenham Hotspur still lack the winning edge after their 1-0 defeat by West Ham left Chelsea on the brink of clinching the Premier League title.

A 65th minute Manuel Lanzini goal saw the Hammers record a 1-0 victory at the Olympic Stadium and all but ended Spurs' title hopes, with Antonio Conte's side now needing just three points to put the race beyond doubt.

Walker was then booked for a robust follow through on Lanzini as Spurs looked to launch a counter-attack, with Mark Noble clattering into Eric Dier shortly afterwards to even up that aspect of a feisty start.

"It was a hard game and if you compare (it) with five days ago against Arsenal, I think it was a different game and it wasn't the same performance that we played last week". I don't know. For me we have to try to move on and finish in the best way the season and still fight.

Grading Premier League teams for their display over the weekend, former West Ham and Fulham star Gale gave Tottenham a B minus and claimed the pressure got to them. After taking seven points from three matches, Paul Clement's side will hope to carry on their good run, while Palace also remain in danger.

"The more points that they drop, the better for us and the closer to the title we are with less games".


Spurs can now only sit back and root for Middlesborough or West Brom to upset Chelsea as Tottenham will not play again until after Chelsea completes two more matches.

Midway through the second half, in what was West Ham's first attack, Lanzini scored after some scrappy, goalmouth pinball.

West Ham kept Tottenham at arm's length once it went ahead and the final whistle sparked scenes of jubilation around the ground. We didn't play with the same...not intensity, but how we always play. If you want to be a champion, today was a game we must win. "I'm calm on the touchline, focused on the game to help the team".

"Slaven Bilic has my full backing".

But for the second year in a row the team's bid for a first title since 1961 has faltered in the closing weeks of the season.

  • Steve Townsend