West Ham inflict first defeat in Spurs' new stadium

Mae Harvey
April 28, 2019

Tottenham will look to preserve their 100 per cent record at their new stadium when West Ham visits on Saturday in the league.

Tottenham remain in third position in the Premier League on 70 points having played a game more than Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United who sit on 67, 66 and 64 points respectively.

West Ham were highly motivated, well organised and risky.

Pochettino said: "It is hard".

Mauricio Pochettino has urged his tired stars to "be strong" but fears Saturday's 1-0 defeat by West Ham may have drained the spirit from Tottenham ahead of their Champions League semi-final showdown with Ajax.

A run of four games without a win has seen the Hammers drop out of the race to finish seventh, with Pellegrini's side now trailing Wolves by eight points.

Pochettino reported that Harry Winks would not be available for the first leg because of a groin injury and Moussa Sissoko, also carrying a groin problem, would have to be assessed.

'We are a very competitive team when we are with full energy, but of course the stress and the fatigue arrives.

Ahead of Tuesday's fixture here at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Dutch FA has postponed an entire round of Eredivisie fixtures to allow Ajax the opportunity to rest ahead of the Champions League semifinal.

All games have been cancelled to avoid Ajax and opponents De Graafschap, who were due to face each other on Sunday, playing at the end of the season once other games have taken place, potentially compromising the competition. There is nothing to say because the effort is there and it's fantastic'. "If it was the opposite where we had one week to prepare for the semi-final and Ajax play Saturday, I would think the same, that it's not fair for them". "We can not stop to think about what we did not do today".

'I'm disappointed but we need to move on. "But after our defeat today it's like we will arrive the complete opposite".

Given Ajax's rampant form, Pochettino will have hoped for a much more convincing display from his side ahead of Tuesday's encounter.

"We have demonstrated in big games that we can do it but we must mentally convince ourselves that we can do better".

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