Tottenham ready to give up on EPL title

Hazel Gray
May 20, 2017

Watch highlights from the London Stadium as Tottenham's title hopes were dealt a decisive blow by Manuel Lanzini's strike in a 1-0 win for West Ham.

England global Dier was understandably downbeat after the match, particularly as the defeat had come out of the blue, as Spurs went into the contest on the back of a nine-game winning run in the top-flight.

The Spurs players looked disconsolate as they trudged off the pitch, their heads bowed, while their West Ham counterparts - and the home fans - took great delight in harming their neighbours' title ambitions.

Tottenham's tame surrender recalled their collapse at the end of last season when they squandered opportunities to catch eventual champions Leicester.

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.

"Now it's more hard to catch Chelsea but we need to try always".

He added he felt his side had learned and improved from previous year, but they needed to show they were worthy of being champions, adding: "Today was one of those key moments".

"You need to show in the moments to win a league", he said. It's not about playing well or running around more or less, it's about when you must win, you win. Second half we started a little bit sloppy and we conceded a little bit more space.

"If you want to be a champion in our game, you must win. How?"

"I think it wasn't our best day. The performance was just ok", he said.

"I don't change my vision of my players. That's all I can say really", he told Sky Sports.

"We're still fighting. It's a disappointing result and now we (must) wait for Chelsea's result and there's three games to play". The way we conceded was poor - and it is hard now.

It is just that it does not feel like West Ham any more. Tottenham was fifth in the standings after 18 games but has won 13 of its last 17 games to unexpectedly challenge Chelsea for the title, outmuscling bigger-spending rivals with a wage bill lower than its rivals in the top six.

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