Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sports | By Angel Morales

Pochettino: West Ham match was "must win" for Spurs

Pochettino: West Ham match was

Tottenham's Eric Dier virtually admitted the title race was over after their defeat at West Ham, but boss Mauricio Pochettino insisted they are "still fighting" in the battle to catch Chelsea.

"It's disappointing. We were on a fantastic run". 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.

"Now it's better to forget it a little bit and see what happens, and try to analyse and understand why it was hard for us to get the three points here". "We tried, it was hard".

Spurs final three games of the season are at home to Manchester United and away to Leicester and Hull and punters can still use their free bet to back the North London club to defy the odds and claim overall glory. Spurs have just come off a run of nine consecutive wins in one of the most competitive leagues in the world which is no mean feat.

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Rickard Rakell opened the scoring at 11:20 in the first period, and the Ducks outshot the Predators 14-2 in that period. However, there also have been some games where they blew the lead then regained the lead and won in comeback fashion.

Midway through the second half, in what was West Ham's first attack, Lanzini scored after some scrappy, goalmouth pinball. We miss a little bit of fluidity to play in possession and move the ball quick and try to find the space and break them down.

Christian Eriksen, usually so composed, betrayed the anxiety creeping into Tottenham's play when he let Son Heung-Min's pass deflect harmlessly towards Adrian when a sight of goal came his way inside the West Ham area.

Tottenham, for all their controlled passing, struggled to penetrate West Ham's rearguard.

So, here we sit, with Spurs needing a win at a place they lost last season.

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"Now we're safe, if we get some more points we can finish only one or two places below where we were previous year".

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

"Slaven Bilic has my full backing". Spurs have been the only team to seriously challenge Antonio Conte's runaway leaders and if it wasn't for Tottenham's sparkling form the Premier League title would have been decided weeks ago, with the trophy already on its way to Stamford Bridge.

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Conte wants his players to win the title at The Hawthorns and Courtois added: 'We hope to do it at the first attempt. Commitment and hard work are buzzwords for the 47-year-old Conte but he urged his players to enjoy their moment.

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