Former Tottenham man congratulates West Ham, praises one Hammer

Doug Mendoza
May 20, 2017

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits his players don't possess title winning quality after defeat at West Ham on Friday night.

Spurs went into the game on the back of nine straight league wins, culminating in Sunday's historic victory over Arsenal in the last-ever North London derby at White Hart Lane.

"You all know now it is more hard to catch Chelsea but we need to try always until the end".

"If you want to be a champion there are games you must win. How?"

"We have one week to prepare well for this game, put in the right energy and try to finish unbeaten at home".

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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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.

Tottenham suffered a damaging defeat at West Ham on Monday. "Perhaps the nervousness of the title race finally caught up with them".

Speaking on Sky Sports on Friday night, Pardew said: "Tottenham have played the best football but Chelsea have been the best team". Second-half goals from Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi completed the scoring as City leapfrogged Liverpool into third in the Premier League, on goal difference, and also moved four points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United. Tottenham is still set for a second consecutive season in the Champions League for the first time. "It was not enough".

Eriksen lashed over but Tottenham were running on empty, with West Ham substitute Ashley Fletcher going agonisingly close to number two just before a final whistle that will have prompted significant celebrations in west London.

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.

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