Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham wasted chance to keep pressure on Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham wasted chance to keep pressure on Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino admitted Tottenham blew their big chance to keep the title race alive after the 1-0 defeat at West Ham.

West Ham's first season in the old Olympic Stadium hasn't been a happy one and they now languish in 15th.

Spurs can't afford to slip up if they have any real hope of catching Chelsea, the gap now stands at seven points with four games to play.

Dier added: "We brought it [the deficit to Chelsea] back to four points but after today it's almost impossible now".

"Attacking players such as Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen inevitably take the eye but just as important are their full-backs - the way they operate is crucial to the team's success this season". These sides have particularly enjoyed the extra space provided at the new London Stadium, with Bilic's men losing all four there so far, three of which were by more than a one goal margin.

West Ham guaranteed Premier League survival with this victory as they surpassed the traditionally crucial 40-point barrier.

"This week we are struggling with two situations, about David Luiz and N'Golo", Conte added. I am calm and totally focused on the game.

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"Of course I am excited", he said.

The switch away from Upton Park to the colossal and less atmospheric London Stadium has contributed to West Ham's woes this year but the place was rocking on Friday - reviving memories of Britain's magical London 2012 Olympics feats.

"We know what it's like from when Leicester were playing a year ago before us, and even today, that it's good to play first and put the pressure on". 'It is a derby, whether you need the points or not.

"Always it's hard when you move to a new stadium, the Olympic Stadium, completely different".

"More important for me is not the goal though, it's that the team played very well". I'm very proud. It's hard to keep your level.

On the other flank, it'll be interesting to see whether or not Kyle Walker is selected, with rumours about a potential summer move to Manchester City conflicting with the right-back being on the bench for last weekend's North London Derby.

Tottenham's Danny Rose is not due to start full first-team training until next week so again misses out.