Mauricio Pochettino urges Tottenham to move on from defeat and finish strongly

Mauricio Pochettino reacts on the touchline
Image: Mauricio Pochettino has admitted Tottenham are in a difficult position, but must move on from defeat at West Ham

Mauricio Pochettino has called on Tottenham to finish the season strongly despite seeing their title hopes all but disappear.

A 1-0 derby defeat at London rivals West Ham on Friday night almost certainly handed the Premier League crown to Chelsea.

The Blues could even wrap the title up before Tottenham kick a ball again with wins over Middlesbrough at home, on Monday, and at West Brom on Friday.

STRATFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United scores the opening goal uring the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenha
Image: Manuel Lanzini's strike clinched a 1-0 victory for the Hammers at the London Stadium, all but ending Spurs' title hopes

And Spurs boss Pochettino admitted: "It's difficult to be focused on Chelsea.

"If you're not able to win and put pressure on them, then whatever happens is the worst.

Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen (L), Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen and Tottenham Hotspur's Welsh defender Ben
Image: Tottenham's players were despondent after the final whistle

"Now it's better to forget it a little bit and see what happens, and try to analyse and understand why it was difficult for us to get the three points here.

"We try to move on and finish the season in the best way, still fighting."

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Manuel Lanzini's 65th-minute strike proved decisive as West Ham ensured they are now mathematically safe from relegation.

The Hammers have endured a disappointing campaign, but having put a major dent in Tottenham's ultimately unsuccessful title bid last season with a 1-0 victory at Upton Park in March 2016, they looked to have done the trick again this season.

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