It is not over until it is over seems to be the chosen motto for Tottenham Hotspur boss, Mauricio Pochettino, who has refused to throw in the towel as far as the Premier League title race with Chelsea is concerned.

Pochettino’s defiant stance is coming despite Friday's 1-0 defeat at West Ham United, leaving Spurs four points off the pace.

Chelsea can land the title if they win their next two matches against Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion, but Pochettino has insisted that the race for the crown "is not over" yet.

"It is true we deserved more during the game but I felt it was difficult to show more of our game," Pochettino told the BBC Sport.

"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.

"It will be difficult [to win the title]. 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."

Manuel Lanzini was the hero for the Hammers, as he scored the only goal of the match in the 65th minute to deny Tottenham the chance of closing in on Chelsea.

The development also saw Spurs nine-game winning run in the Premier League come to an end.