Mauricio Pochettino pulls no punches after West Ham loss, admitting 'champions win'

Mauricio Pochettino admits that a Saturday morning clash with West Ham was a must win game if Tottenham hoped to catch Premier League leaders Chelsea.

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.

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".

"I'm very gutted, in the way we played especially", he said. "We will try to move on and finish the season the best way and still fight".

As they had done for most of the game, the Hammers nullified every attempt by Tottenham to breach their defence after that, and could have won by a bigger margin had they been more clinical.

"It's very disappointing. We knew it was going to be tough a long time ago but we managed to bring it back to four points and after today it's almost impossible, but we'll give it everything for these three games now". We lose because we concede and it was hard to come back into the game.

Tottenham made the short trip to east London knowing they could heap pressure on Chelsea before their game against Middlesbrough on Monday.

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But Tottenham's title hopes were in tatters after 65 minutes as West Ham opened the scoring.

Tottenham were stunned though when West Ham broke forward and Aaron Cresswell's cross eventually squirmed its way to Lanzini who smashed the ball past Hugo Lloris from six metres out to speak wild celebrations around the ground. Spurs have just come off a run of nine consecutive wins in one of the most competitive leagues in the world which is no mean feat.

Pochettino sent on Mousa Dembele and Vincent Janssen in an attempt to rouse his side but they remained scrambled.

"It wasn't our best performance, we tried", he said.

"I think we approached the game well, we just lacked a bit of intensity and decisiveness at times and we didn't create enough chances for the possession we had".

"Slaven Bilic has my full backing".

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