Spurs Are Far From Bottle Jobs Despite Result

On a night Tottenham simply had to win to have any chance of winning the Premier League, Spurs looked sluggish for the majority of the game. Nine wins in a row in the league meant Tottenham reignited a title race, where at one point it looked as though Chelsea would coast to the finish line.

Lanzini’s fired home from close range with 25 minutes remaining following some pinball in the Spurs area as they failed to clear Aaron Cresswell’s cross. The result means Chelsea can win the title next Friday, providing they beat both Middlesbrough and West Brom. You wouldn’t bet against Chelsea in either of those fixtures, unfortunately for Tottenham it just wasn’t to be this season.

The words “Proper bottle job” were even used during the Sky Sports post match coverage last night. As I listened to that I was baffled it was even mentioned. Spurs managed to make a title race after it looked at one point that Chelsea would cruise to the title. Tottenham should be proud of how far the team has come over the last few seasons. The club won nine games on the bounce in the league to make the title race a little interesting, they should get credit for that.

For West Ham the result lifted them to 42 points, meaning they are now mathematically safe from relegation. The result also eases the pressure on manager Slaven Bilic after constant speculation regarding his position at the club. I am happy for Bilic that his team managed to get three points, if they hadn’t I would have feared for the managers job. Bilic deserves more time for what he has had to deal with over the course of this season.

The title may have been a step too far for Tottenham this year, however Pochettino has made Spurs a force to be reckoned with. I would be very shocked if I do not see the Spurs players lifting the Premier League over the next few seasons. They have made huge strides under the Pochettino. To be called “Bottle jobs” for making a seemingly dull title race a little more exciting is baffling.

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