Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Hugo Lloris 'gutted' at Tottenham's failure against West Ham United

Following West Ham United's 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, the London mini-league is now complete as all fixtures between the five teams in the capital this season have been played.

Mauricio Pochettino fears Tottenham have blown their chance of winning the Premier League because they lack the ruthless streak required to succeed under intense pressure.

Manuel Lanzini's second half goal on Friday night at the London Stadium not only dented Spurs' title hopes but also ensured the Hammers didn't finish bottom of the mini-league as they were able to leapfrog Crystal Palace with their third win in derby matches. But, when their nine-match winning run in the Premier League came to an end on Friday, with it effectively went their title hopes.

Knowing that any slip up would likely be decisive, Pochettino conceded that his players were lacking a spark on the pitch.

Eric Dier knows Tottenham must quickly put their title disappointment behind them to avoid a repeat of last season's capitulation.

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"You need to do more, to push to your limit, and unfortunately we were not capable of doing that". You need to show that you can show up in the moment to win a league, to win a trophy. Today was a key moment.

"I think it wasn't our best day".

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".

"Our aim was to win every game until the end of the season, that's gone now and from Monday we'll be ready to go again", he told the club website. A second win in their last 11 games secured their top-flight status for another year. It was great in terms of character and determination. Silva, out for a fortnight after suffering a blow to his knee during the FA Cup semi-final defeat by Arsenal, struck inside the first two minutes.

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

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