Pochettino delivers verdict on title after Tottenham defeat to West Ham
By Dominic Toner
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists that they will continue to fight for the title, but conceded their defeat to West Ham has left it very unlikely they will win their first ever Premier League crown.
Spurs missed a huge opportunity to put pressure on leaders Chelsea ahead of their game against Middlesbrough on Monday.
However, the north London club were unable to capitalise as they suffered a 1-0 defeat away to West Ham, with Manuel Lanzini scoring the winning goal.
Antonio Conte’s side maintained their four-point cushion at the summit and need just two more victories to win the title.
Pochettino has stated that his side will continue to fight in their remaining three games and claimed that it was not yet over.
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“It is not over. We have to wait but are thinking that it will be difficult to catch Chelsea,” Pochettino said, as quoted by BBC Sport. “I feel calm. But I’m disappointed, of course, that we missed the opportunity to reduce the gap.
“Seven points will be difficult with three games to play, but in football have to try your best. It is true it will be difficult. When you have the chance to reduce the gap to one point and you lose it’s hard to find the positives.”
Spurs have managed to create an exciting title race in the latter stages of the season, despite several people feeling Chelsea had the league wrapped up by January.
They can now only hope to win their three remaining games and pray that the Blues slip up in their four matches.
Pochettino’s side host Manchester United next in their final ever game at White Hart Lane, before finishing the season with away trips to Leicester and Hull.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have favourable fixtures left and three of their games are at Stamford Bridge.
In other Tottenham news, the club’s supporters reacted to Eric Dier’s display against West Ham.