Tottenham Hotspur's English Premier League football title hopes suffered a crushing blow as their nine-match winning run ended in a 1-0 defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium.
"It was already going to be hard before, so now it's even harder".
"At the moment it is so disappointing and so hard to say it has been a very good season".
"We're still fighting, we're disappointed with the result", the 45-year-old told Sky Sports after the game. It was the first time Mauricio Pochettino's side had trailed in a league game in a month and the damage would have been heavier had Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris not made a diving save to deny Jonathan Calleri.
Chelsea remains four points ahead of Tottenham and has a game in hand. We have only three games to reduce the gap.
It was a draw with Chelsea last season which confirmed Leicester City as champions before they lost their final two games of the season to allow Arsenal to overtake them on the final day of the season.
"If you're not able to win and put pressure on them, then whatever happens is the worst".
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Manuel Lanzini's 65th-minute strike proved decisive as West Ham ensured they are now mathematically safe from relegation. Second half we started a little bit sloppy and we conceded a little bit more space. "With Mousa we lose and we win with different players".
He said: "It will be a very important game, the last at White Hart Lane against Manchester United with the possibility of finishing at White Hart Lane in the best way".
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Chelsea need just two more wins to secure the title, and can get one when they face Middlesbrough this evening.
Pochettino sent on Mousa Dembele and Vincent Janssen in an attempt to rouse his side but they remained scrambled. "That wasn't a problem, the problem was that we didn't perform in the way we usually perform".
Whether that will be enough to spare boss Slaven Bilic from the sack remains to be seen amid reports his job could be in danger.