Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Charlene Craig

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TOTTENHAM'S slim hopes of catching league leaders Chelsea hit the rocks tonight (Friday) as they stumbled to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham.

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.

Spurs are one game away from finishing the campaign with an unbeaten home record, and Lloris said: "My words didn't change even after this game - try to be focused on yourself, try to finish the job. If you want to be champions you must win", Pochettino said in the press conference after the game. "We were missing a little bit but we move on and try to finish the season in the best way, still fighting". Liverpool could only draw with Southampton so now lead City by a point having played a game more, while United are four points adrift and look likely to have to rely on winning the Europa League if they are to qualify for the Champions League.

Tottenham must hope the Blues slip up in a favourable-looking run-in, which includes home games against three sides in the bottom seven. "When we conceded it was so hard to come back in the game".

Despite closing in on the league title, the west London outfit can only claim second place in the mini-league as those defeat at White Hart Lane as well as the shock home loss by Palace last month has ultimately cost them top spot.

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It won't be easy. "We're in a great position now and if we were to throw it away we'd be devastated". I think this development of Cesc is our development. "Everyone is devastated", he admitted.

"I like playing against Tottenham and scoring against them", smiled Argentinian midfielder Lanzini.

And Spurs boss Pochettino admitted: "It's hard to be focused on Chelsea".

Lanzini further enhanced his reputation as a London derby specialist, the Argentinian's strike standing as his ninth in 14 all-capital encounters, and Slaven Bilic's team are up to ninth in the table on 42 points - extinguishing their faintly lingering relegation fears. It was a great team display in terms of character, determination, thinking about what each individual had to do.

It would take a collapse of epic proportions to give Tottenham fresh hope and, while he insisted his side won't give up, Pochettino acknowledged it is nearly certain Chelsea will finish on top. "Today was a key moment, we had to show that when you do not play well but when you must win, you win".

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