dglobalnews.com Mauricio Pochettino Makes Remarks that Imply Concession in Title Race
Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Mauricio Pochettino Makes Remarks that Imply Concession in Title Race

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is yet to concede the title to Chelsea, but admits it will be "difficult" for his side after defeat at West Ham.

The Blues first host Middlesbrough on Monday before travelling to West Brom next Friday, and could have the title sewn up before Spurs entertain Manchester United next Sunday. "I think we were unlucky and didn't deserve to lose, but we lost and it is true that this was a hard game". "We will try to move on and finish the season the best way and still fight".

Grading Premier League teams for their display over the weekend, former West Ham and Fulham star Gale gave Tottenham a B minus and claimed the pressure got to them.

"Seven points will be hard with three games to play, but in football have to try your best". We knew before that game and we've known for a few weeks now that we're not allowed to slip.

Dele Alli's follow-up was blocked back to Kane on the edge of the area and the Tottenham striker looked certain to score, yet once again he was denied as Adrian's out-stretched leg deflected it over. It's not about playing well or running around more or less, it's about when you must win, you win.

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Son Heung-Min went closest to breaking the deadlock for Tottenham in the second half but West Ham were always unsafe and Lanzini, wasteful with a first-half chance, delivered what could be knockout blow to Tottenham's title hopes.

Tottenham, for all their controlled passing, struggled to penetrate West Ham's rearguard. This season was important for all to see that football is not about one man or one player, it's about being strong as a unit. But to beat a team like Spurs you need more and we showed quality, especially in the second half.

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.

"I think we approached the game well, we just lacked a bit of intensity and decisiveness at times and we didn't create enough chances for the possession we had".

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