Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Mauricio Pochettino Makes Remarks that Imply Concession in Title Race

Tottenham's hopes of winning the Premier League title are nigh on impossible after their 1-0 defeat by West Ham yesterday admitted Spurs defender Eric Dier.

"We're still fighting, we're disappointed with the result", Pochettino told Sky Sports.

Speaking to the BBC after Tottenham's lost, Pochettino commented that, "It's not over" before explaining that he and his team will "have to wait but are thinking that it will be hard to catch Chelsea".

"We can not deny that a smile came onto our face", he said on Sky Sports.

"It may sound unusual, but the game we lost 3-2 at White Hart Lane in early November, we wanted to repeat it because we were really good in that game".

"And then it was so hard, they play so deep with 5-4-1".

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But Pochettino knows they can have few complaints after a strangely lethargic display lacking both poise and passion. We were a little bit unlucky, I don't think we deserved to lose.

Spurs aren't mathematically dead yet, but their shock upset loss at West Ham United effectively sealed their fate.

"It wasn't our best performance, we tried", he said. 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. We had the opportunity to reduce the gap but it was not our day.

"The circumstances were completely different [from last season]". 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.

"With all the obstacles we have had this season the guys deserve a lot of credit", said manager Slaven Bilic, who has had to cope with continual speculation about his future. 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. Great determination, thinking about what each individual had to do.

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