Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Spurs lose at West Ham, all but guarantee Chelsea title

Spurs lose at West Ham, all but guarantee Chelsea title

Pochettino, meanwhile, stopped short of conceding that his team's title hopes had been ended.

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.

A 1-0 derby defeat at London rivals West Ham on Friday night nearly certainly handed the Premier League crown to Chelsea.

Few people in either camp would have foreseen any other outcome, either, with West Ham limping towards the finishing line of what has been a torrid season.

The Hammers relied on some great goalkeeper from Spanish shot-stopper Adrian and a Manuel Lanzini goal to leave Spurs four points adrift of league leaders Chelsea.

"To win a league or a trophy is about key moments", said Pochettino. "But we need to try - always to the end, always". Maybe because many topics you can add and justify why we lost.

"We should have increased our level, but we didn't do it".

"You shouldn't forget the context".

Conte hadn't planned to watch Tottenham's fate, preferring to go out for dinner with his wife and daughter, but if he was checking for updates from Stratford his dessert would have tasted even sweeter. But one time an accident can happen. It is always hard when you move stadiums and you saw that with us and Wembley - we tried to make Wembley our home but it is just so hard. Losing to the Black Cats was something of a hammer blow to Hull, but it will look a lot less costly if Sunderland also beat Swansea next weekend.

What many Tottenham fans might not realize now is that the race might be mathematically over by the time their team kicks a ball again.

With Tottenham trailing Chelsea by four points in second place, the challenge now is holding on for its highest finish in 54 years. If you want to be a champion, today was a game we must win. "They need points, we need points, so it is a massive game for us and a massive game for them".

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