By Amir Mir
Chris Coleman has suggested catching Chelsea in the Premier League title race and adding to their recent form has taken “its toll” on Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team suffered a big blow in the title race when they suffered a 1-0 defeat at West Ham on Friday night.
Three points could have closed the gap on the league leaders to one point, with the Blues set to play Middlesbrough on Monday night.
Nonetheless, Spurs’ title hopes could be all but over by the time they play Manchester United on May 14 at White Hart Lane.
Wales manager Coleman made a massive claim that catching Antonio Conte’s team may have affected Pochettino’s team mentally.
“I think it was a big surprise last night,” Coleman told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Express. “Not just because they lost the game but West Ham were absolutely fantastic and probably deserved the three points.
“Tottenham had won nine games on the bounce and you can’t keep that going. Psychologically if you’ve won nine on the bounce and the team in front of you Chelsea keep winning, that’s going to take its toll.”
This time last term, Spurs were chasing eventual winners Leicester City for the Premier League before defeats in their final few games ended their hopes.
They will be looking to show they have learnt from those mistakes when they play Jose Mourinho’s United on home soil next Sunday.
It is set to be the final match to be played at White Hart Lane, with Spurs moving to Wembley next season.
From then, they will prepare to move into new surroundings for the 2018/19 campaign where fans will be hoping they will have a Premier League title to their name.
Now, the supporters will be hoping Steve Agnew’s relegation-threatened Boro team can cause an upset at Stamford Bridge on Monday.