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Chelsea path to title eased by Tottenham losing at West Ham

Chelsea path to title eased by Tottenham losing at West Ham

Tottenham's Premier League title hopes were dealt a potentially decisive blow as Manuel Lanzini's strike gave West Ham a memorable 1-0 win over their London rivals.

The only teams that could mathematically catch Spurs (77 points) for second place are Liverpool (69) and Manchester City (66) - the latter have a game in hand - but it is extremely unlikely. He couldn't miss. If this does prove to be the goal that settles the Premier League title then it won't be making any highlight reels anytime soon.

It was Tottenham's first defeat in 10 league games, and leaves them four points off the leaders, having played a game extra.

"It was a hard game and if you compare (it) with five days ago against Arsenal, I think it was a different game and it wasn't the same performance that we played last week".

"We feel guilty because I'm not pleased with the way we played this game", he said on Spurs TV. We said, 'maybe it's enough, maybe we'll get the goal that we needed.' No. We're a good team, but we haven't always shown it. "Now we must try to be ready for the next game". "We know we can play like that, but it's been a tough season and the boys have dug in fantastically".

Spurs are four points behind Chelsea in the title race following the 1-0 defeat at West Ham. From the resulting corner, Eric Dier saw his goalbound header also palmed away.

Mauricio Pochettino's side headed into the match on a superb run of nine consecutive victories that had prevented Chelsea from turning their bid for glory into a procession.

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.

Spurs battled to find a way back, but were given a fright when the home team almost doubled their lead on 75 minutes.

Unhinged by Aaron Cresswell's cross, the Tottenham defence parted too easily and when Ayew couldn't control, the ball ran to the unmarked Lanzini, who drilled home from close-range.

After initially blocking a shot from Spurs striker Harry Kane, Adrian stuck out a foot second later to deny Kane a second time. It was hard to find the space.


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