Their failure to do so – West Ham United ran out deserved 1-0 winners in the pair’s meeting at Upton Park – has seen many question whether Mauricio Pochettino’s men have the experience and knowhow to claim the club’s first league championship in 55 years now that the pressure has been ratcheted up a notch or two.
With Leicester dropping points against West Brom at home the night before, Tottenham Hotspur came into this game knowing a win would take them top of the Premier League.
West Ham United prevent Tottenham Hotspur from moving to the top of the Premier League table thanks to a 1-0 win at Upton Park. I think we never found the solution to play the way that we normally play. It was the same in the first 20 minutes against Swansea on Sunday, and today (Wednesday) we started not so good.
Tottenham struggled to find rhythm in the first half and were saved by Hugo Lloris’ heroics a number of times after the Hammers’ opener.
Erik Lamela had a decent opportunity to score early in the second half when Trippier was caught napping at the near post, allowing the Argentine to meet the end of a cross and divert a header, but his attempt went wide.
“We were poor. We know that”.
It may have been Antonio’s early goal that settled nerves – or frayed them further – but either way West Ham put on an impressive display to confirm their status as a legitimate top six side. For different reasons, it’s open and competitive and not easy to play every week. (On Thursday) he is good but still we need to assess him (on Friday).
“We brought Antonio in from the Championship and he is a Premier League [player]”.
Tottenham’s best chance came on the hour when Harry Kane somehow missed his kick in front of goal after West Ham keeper Adrian saved a low 25-metre drive from Toby Alderweireld.
“Every manager is trying to calm things down”, Bilic said.
“To match the team that has conceded the least goals in the Premier League, that has scored the most goals, that is considered the best at running and pressing”.
“Okay, the gap is not big between us and Manchester United and Manchester City”. But losing to West Ham – only Spurs fourth league reverse of the season – was a serious setback and it makes Saturday’s north London derby against Arsenal absolutely critical.
“In all aspects of football we were magnificent and I congratulate the players”. We are very disappointed.
“Maybe I’m biased but Tottenham should be a lot happier with the final result than us, because it could have been more in our favour”.