Pochettino makes admission ahead of Tottenham clash against West Ham
By Matt Bullin
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that his sides’ upcoming tie against West Ham is ‘very important’ in their title chances.
Spurs closed the gap on league leaders Chelsea on Sunday with a fine 2-0 win over Arsenal in the North London derby.
Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored as Tottenham won the final North London derby at White Hart Lane, and claimed an all-important three points.
Earlier in the day Chelsea had cruised to a 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park, getting through arguably their toughest fixture in the end of season run in.
Spurs now trail Chelsea by four points with four Premier League games remaining.
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Pochettino’s sides’ next game sees them travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham on Friday night.
The Argentine was honest in his assessment of the upcoming game, he told the Evening Standard: “We have reduced the gap to Chelsea again. And now we have to be focused because we have on Friday a very important game against West Ham.
“We will have the chance to play before. It will be a tough game and a difficult game and if we are able to win we will see what happens.
“It could be [important]. The race for the title is down to four points and we will see what will happen.”
The win versus Arsenal also stretched Tottenham’s Premier League winning streak to nine matches, while they have won their last 13 league games at home.
Meanwhile West Ham battled to a 0-0 draw with Stoke at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.
A win at the London Stadium on Friday for Spurs would cut the gap between themselves and Chelsea to just one point, at least until Antonio Conte’s men face Middlesbrough the following Monday night.
In other Tottenham news, Thierry Henry has claimed there has been no power shift in North London yet.