Chelsea path to title eased by Tottenham losing at West Ham

Dele Alli endured a frustrating night at the London Stadium as Tottenham's title hopes blew up in smoke after a 1-0 defeat to West Ham.

However, after Manuel Lanzini's goal gave the Hammers a 1-0 win the League leaders now have the chance to widen the gap between them and Spurs to seven points, meaning they now only need two wins from their final four games to clench the title.

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. "I'm very proud. It's so hard sometimes to keep your level".

"We have to play very well if we want to beat this Middlesbrough side because they want to stay in this Premier League".

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"Now it's better to forget it a little bit and see what happens, and try to analyse and understand why it was hard for us to get the three points here". We lose and now we move forward.

Despite closing in on the league title, the west London outfit can only claim second place in the mini-league as those defeat at White Hart Lane as well as the shock home loss by Palace last month has ultimately cost them top spot.

In a quirk of the fixtures, Sunderland are set to play a big part in determining who goes down with them to the Championship.

A third successive London derby was simply too much for Mauricio Pochettino's side as they saw their impressive run come to an end and their pursuit of Chelsea falter, just as they struggled to chase down Leicester City last season.

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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 a year ago. Second half we started a little bit sloppy and we conceded a little bit more space. We played well and these points were very important for us. "The players deserve an enormous amount of praise for their performance".

"We showed that in the second half and perhaps deserved to score another goal".

"Slaven Bilic has my full backing".

Tottenham's midfielder Eric Dier admitted his team's title aspirations are now highly unrealistic.

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