Date: 6th May 2017 at 9:22am
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By Amir Mir

Thierry Henry has slammed Tottenham player Eric Dier for claiming that West Ham defended deep during their 1-0 win against their London rivals on Friday night.

The former Arsenal striker was adamant that Slaven Bilic’s team pushed and forced Spurs into their own half with their high line throughout the match.

After a number of heavy defeats at the London Stadium this season, Bilic’s team produced their best display to date to dent Tottenham’s chances in the Premier League title race.

Manuel Lanzini scored the only goal of the game when Dier failed to pick him up from inside the penalty area.

Analysing the game on Sky Sports 1 after the match on Friday night, Henry shutdown Dier’s claims about West Ham’s tactics.

“They [West Ham] never let the quality players on the ball so they can pick a pass,” Henry told Sky Sports.

“That is one of the things a lot of teams didn’t do against Tottenham recently. They were forcing them to play back.

“Dier was saying that ‘they played deep’. I’m sorry, look at where they are. They are not deep,” Henry then shows a graphic of the West Ham backline defending high up their own half.

“They [Tottenham] have to go back and look at them [West Ham] pushing [the Tottenham players] with their team. Look at them pushing. Forcing them to go back. Pushing again.”

It was a lacklustre display from the away team, who were out thought by the opposition, who looked strong and resolute throughout the match.

The result means that current league leaders Chelsea can be crowned champions by the time Spurs play their next match against Manchester United on May 14.

The reason for that is, the Blues are set to play two fixtures between that time, firstly against Middeslnrough on Monday night and then West Brom.

Maximum points from those matches will see Antonio Conte lift the Premier League title in his debut season at Stamford Bridge.

In other Tottenham news, Bobby Zamora delivers his verdict after West Ham beat Spurs. 

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