West Ham derail Tottenham’s title bid with Manuel Lanzini’s goal

Tottenham Hotspur’s title charge skidded to a halt at the London Stadium as Manuel Lanzini struck a winning goal that thrilled both West Ham and Chelsea. This victory ensures West Ham will be in the Premier League next season and makes it highly unlikely Spurs will overtake Chelsea this season. Spurs had a chance to slash the Stamford Bridge’s club lead at the top of the table to a single point but instead Antonio Conte’s team remain four clear, with a game in hand. Spurs can count their regrets.

It mattered not a jot to Mauricio Pochettino’s team that victory here would weaken the chances of Slaven Bilic remaining in charge of West Ham next season. All the visitors cared about was putting more pressure on Chelsea and, in the process, continuing to prove something to themselves, namely that they really do have the mental fortitude to match their physical and technical prowess.

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