Mark Noble "speechless" after West Ham United's win over Tottenham Hotspur

Ruben Hill
May 20, 2017

Chelsea need six points from four games to guarantee top spot and they would reach that target with wins against Middlesbrough tomorrow and West Bromwich Albion on Friday.

Grading Premier League teams for their display over the weekend, former West Ham and Fulham star Gale gave Tottenham a B minus and claimed the pressure got to them. But no, that's not the way you need to think in that kind of context. It's not about playing well or running around more or less, it's about when you must win, you win.

Had Pochettino's men secured three points at the London Stadium they would have reduced the gap on leaders Chelsea to a point, at least until the Blues played on Monday night.

"We shouldn't forget what we've done until now", he added. Chelsea has been the leader for a while, they've been 10 or 12 points ahead, and we've tried step by step to come closer and closer.

"We knew before this game and we've known for a few weeks now that we're not allowed to slip. It happened today and unfortunately it cost a lot".

The defeat means that Chelsea could wrap things up as early as Friday night at West Brom, assuming they beat already-relegated Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge tonight.

"The only way that they can do that is to keep every one of their players".

Spurs went into the game on the back of nine straight league wins, culminating in Sunday's historic victory over Arsenal in the last-ever North London derby at White Hart Lane.

Spurs are one game away from finishing the campaign with an unbeaten home record, and Lloris said: "My words didn't change even after this game - try to be focused on yourself, try to finish the job. If you come second, then yes you've improved, but you need to show in a moment when you need to show", he told reporters after the match.

Twitter, led by Chelsea fans, had a field day with it.

Mauricio Pochettino is disappointed to see Spurs' title hopes take a massive hit, but he wants his side to finish strong.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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