Mauricio Pochettino admitted that Tottenham’s title hopes took a huge hit with the 1-0 defeat to West Ham, but is refusing to throw in the towel.
Manuel Lanzini scored the winner from close range in the second half, leaving Spurs four points behind leaders Chelsea having played a game more, with just three fixtures remaining.
“It will be difficult,” he said. “With three games to play. You have to try to give your best. Now we move forward.
“It is not over. It is true that it will be difficult. Now we have to wait but thinking that it will be difficult to catch Chelsea.”
On the game itself, Pochettino added: “It is true we deserved more during the game but I felt it was difficult to show more of our game.
“We started the second half a little bit sloppy, we conceded in the space and the way we conceded the goal in this type of football, when you are fighting for the big things, you feel disappointed.
“We tried, it was difficult, the performance was not the best.
“We show a little bit that we were desperate to arrive in the box. We missed a little in the way to try and score, we played long balls, things we never made on the pitch. Maybe we were a little desperate.”