Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 May 2017 10:06:45


MANUEL Lanzini left Tottenham’s Premier League title challenge in tatters as the West Ham forward sealed a 1-0 win that put Chelsea within touching distance of being crowned champions. Mauricio Pochettino’s side paid the price for a lethargic display at the London Stadium and Lanzini’s second half strike may well have ended their hopes of winning the title forthe firsttime since 1961. Second placed Tottenham remain four points behind leaders Chelsea,who can extend that advantage to seven if they beat struggling Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

Tottenham don’t play again until they host Manchester United on May 14 and by then Chelsea, who travel to West Bromwich Albion two days earlier, may already be champions. Conte hadn’t planned to watch Totten ham’s fate, preferring to go out for dinner with his wife and daughter, but if he was checking for updates from Stratford his dessert would have tasted even sweeter. After a troubled first year at their new stadium, this was a sweet moment for West Ham, who guaranteed their top- flight status for another year while delivering a potentially fatal blow to their hated rivals.

After a week of reports claiming Kyle Walker could leave Totten ham following a clash with Pochettino over his recent de motion to the bench, the England right-back was restored to the starting line-up in place of Kieran Trippier. But,fore shadowing the anguish ahead,Walker’s return almost got off to an embarrassing start when Andre Ayew’s pass found Lanzini in space negligently left vacant by the Tottenham defender