Mauricio Pochettino Makes Remarks that Imply Concession in Title Race

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.

"It's almost impossible, " defender Eric Dier said of Tottenham's pursuit of a first title since 1961.

Pochettino added: "We dominated in the first half and were the better team, but at the start of the second half we were a bit sloppy and when you are fighting for the title you must not concede this type of goal".

At the former London Olympic Stadium made famous by the likes of Mo Farah and Usain Bolt, a 10th successive league win for Tottenham would have put them one point behind Chelsea but they stumbled over one of their final hurdles. The defeat leaves Tottenham four points behind Chelsea having played a game more, meaning the title race is firmly in the Blues' hands. We have only three games to reduce the gap.

After narrowly missing out on the title last season, the North Londoners looked like they might go a step further in 2016/17. They played deeper with five-four-one. 'We have to wait but are thinking that it will be hard to catch Chelsea. It's not about playing well or running around more or less, it's about when you must win, you win.

Alli has so often produced the match-winning moments in recent months but he simply was unable to find the answer here to West Ham's resilient defence.

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West Ham, the first team to stop Tottenham scoring since Liverpool in early February, moved up to ninth with 42 points and are now mathematically safe.

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.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was left bitterly disappointed by both the performance and the implications of the defeat although he didn't go as far as Dier in surrendering.

"Slaven Bilic has my full backing".

"At this stage of the season it's the same for every team - we're all exhausted physically, mentally".

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