West Ham 1 Tottenham 0: Eric Dier makes key title race admission

West Ham 1 Tottenham 0: Eric Dier makes key title race admission

"Now we have to wait but thinking that it will be hard to catch Chelsea".

Player ratingsTottenham: Hugo Lloris 7, Kyle Walker 6, Toby Alderweireld 5, Jan Vertonghen 6, Ben Davies 5, Eric Dier 5, Victor Wanyama 7, Christian Eriksen 7, Dele Alli 6, Son Heung-min 7, Harry Kane 6.

Tottenham Hotspur have set the Premier League alight this season with their exciting brand of attacking football and manager Mauricio Pochettino says the London club are aiming to become one of the best in the world.

The result means that Chelsea need just two victories from their remaining four games to be crowned champions and they have a favourable run-in. Today was a key moment to show that. I don't know. But you have to win.

Tottenham have been relentless in their chase of long-time leaders Chelsea and will close the gap to one point if they can clock up a 10th successive league victory.

Meanwhile, Carroll (groin) could not pass a late fitness test for yet another time this season and isn't even in the 18 vs Spurs.

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"But of course, it's a great opportunity for us on Friday, to try to reduce the gap and put a little bit of pressure on them". West Ham is in 15th-place, tied on points with 14th-place Burnley and a point ahead of 16th-place Crystal Palace.

Tottenham did not play well and Pochettino said afterwards that teams who want to win titles have to find a way to win the most important games.

"I am so calm". He said, however, that he remains proud of the challenge that his team have put up this season. "You have 11 players on the pitch and the team that has more of those 11 turn up on the pitch usually wins".

At the bottom of the table, Hull City will be hoping to pull further away from the drop zone when they face already-relegated Sunderland, while Swansea, in 18th and two points adrift of the safety zone, face a tough home game against Everton.

"It's disappointing really because we've been on a fantastic run, but they made it hard for us, played very deep, and we didn't create enough chances".

Danny Rose is still not ready to return after three months out with a knee injury but the full-back is expected to resume full training next week.