EPL: Tottenham collapse, give Chelsea more room to emerge champions


"It was a hard game, it's true that if you compare it with five days ago against Arsenal it was not the same performance that we played last week". It's not about playing well or running around more or less, it's about when you must win, you win.

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"To win a league or a trophy is a key moment".

"Now today it's all about us, we have to do our job". How I don't know.

Dembele came on in the second half in a bid to turn the situation around.

"It's the biggest game we've played in the last two seasons since that Arsenal game in the Community Shield where we lost", he added.

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"Tonight was great in terms of character and determination but to beat a team like Spurs you need also quality", West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, whose future has been under a cloud, told reporters. "Now to be realistic it's more hard than before", he added.

It should also take the heat off of manager Slaven Bilic whose position has come under pressure this season despite steering West Ham to seventh past year.

However, Pocchetttino will not want a second-straight late-season fadeout. I think it's coincidence.

And for all the talk of the lack of atmosphere at their new home, as Lanzini smashed home the victor a roar went up like nothing heard at the former Olympic Stadium since Mo Farah came down the home straight in 2012.

"I am calm, disappointed of course because we missed an opportunity to reduce the gap on Chelsea". "It wasn't our best day". "The performance was just okay". We lose and now we move forward.

Victory over lowly Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday would put Antonio Conte's men seven points clear with three games remaining and Chelsea's seemingly favourable run-in comprises matches with West Brom, Watford and Sunderland.