Mauricio Pochettino: Title very hard, but not out of reach

Mauricio Pochettino: Title very hard, but not out of reach

A 1-0 derby defeat at London rivals West Ham on Friday night nearly certainly handed the Premier League crown to Chelsea.

However, after Manuel Lanzini's goal gave the Hammers a 1-0 win the League leaders now have the chance to widen the gap between them and Spurs to seven points, meaning they now only need two wins from their final four games to clench the title. Chelsea are going to win the league. We played well and these points were very important for us. Its another big game on Sunday and we want to replicate what we did against Tottenham.

"We know, especially you Alan [Pardew], if you're [Antonio] Conte, you're dancing round your living room right now".

Mauricio Pochettino declined to say whether defender Kyle Walker was happy at Tottenham Hotspur as he stressed that all talks about the future of players were on hold until the end of the season.

It is a painful prospect for a Tottenham side that had won their previous nine league games to spark dreams of a first title since 1961.

They nullified the threat of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Harry Kane with the latter's only real chance forcing a fine double save from home goalkeeper Adrian.

"I think it wasn't our best day". "The performance was just okay". "Maybe we were a little desperate tonight after they scored".

"It's hard to be focused on Chelsea now". It's not about playing well or running around more or less, it's about when you must win, you win.

Now Tottenham is looking down again, holding an eight-point lead over Liverpool with three games to go.

The visitors could find no way back as West Ham celebrated a signature win in its troubled first season at the main stadium for the 2012 Olympics which Tottenham had tried to secure in a bitter battle that ended up in court.

And for all the talk of the lack of atmosphere at their new home, as Lanzini smashed home the victor a roar went up like nothing heard at the former Olympic Stadium since Mo Farah came down the home straight in 2012. "When we conceded it was so hard to come back in the game". This group of players have shown character and great ability this season.

"Now it's more hard to try to catch Chelsea but we need to try, always to the end".



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