We had been waiting for Spurs to finally revert to type and drop some unlikely points at the worst possible time, and on Friday night at the cavernous yet at times perhaps even atmospheric London Stadium, it duly arrived. Having won their previous nine Premier League games on the bounce, and having kept a clean sheet for over five hours, Spurs managed to lose to a West Ham side who had won just once in their previous eleven games.
A scrambled goal from Manuel Lanzini was enough to give the Hammers all three points in what was otherwise a fairly low quality game. West Ham had not beaten any of the top eight prior to tonight in league play and had won just four points against them all season.
More importantly Lanzini’s goal denied those three points to Spurs, who now will remain at least four points behind Chelsea with just three games to go, and possibly seven if Chelsea beat relegation-bound Middlesbrough on Monday. In fact, because of scheduling, Chelsea can now secure the title before Spurs play again. A win on Monday and then on Friday away to West Bromwich Albion will crown Chelsea Champions of England once again.
chelsea have to win both of their next two. otherwise mourinho might end up winning the title for us— Graham MacAree (@MacAree) May 5, 2017
The magic number is six.