Jose Mourinho’s top four declaration as Spurs defeat ensures unwanted records

Jose Mourinho insisted Tottenham can still finish in the top four after seeing his side fall to defeat at West Ham.

But he admits that mistakes are wrecking their hopes of a return to European football’s top table.

Spurs lost 2-1 at the London Stadium on Sunday, with Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard’s goals proving enough for the Hammers, despite Lucas Moura’s second half effort.

Spurs’ recent miserable Premier League run is the worst of Mourinho’s career, with just three points from six games and the showing set a number of unwanted records.

His side's struggled have also seen them fall nine points from the Champions League places.

However, the Portuguese admitted: "Mathematically it's possible so that means it's realistic.

"Very hard, yes, very hard, but mathematically possible.

Of course our team has problems, and the problems they have reflection on results and on points, but I also believe that a little bit of that light, a little bit of that luck that you also need in football to win matches, has to be back.

"And if that light comes back, it is different. You hit the post and the ball goes inside or goes outside.

"The VAR decisions, many times, I am not speaking about today because today I didn’t watch, but many times are controversial, or are decisions by one inch. You sometimes need also a little bit of luck to go in your favour.

"I believe that if this team wins a couple of matches in a row, that the situation can change, and that we can still fight for top four. Of course if you say nine points now, it is difficult, it is a big gap, but it's not impossible."

Mourinho’s side fell two goals down against the Hammers, but had chances to score more than their solitary goal through Lucas.

Asked if they deserved to take something from the game, Mourinho insisted: "I think so.

“When you make mistakes you can say you deserve to be punished so when we make two mistakes, especially the nature of the second goal you could say we deserve that.

“But I think the way the team responded we deserved a point."

West Ham’s win strengthened their top four prospects.

The Hammers climbed into fourth position with their victory, which gives them their highest ever points tally at this stage of the season in the Premier League era.

They are nine points above their London rivals and David Moyes celebrated his first win over Mourinho at the 16th attempt.

Moyes said of the result: “Today we felt it was a big, big task. Tottenham are one of the top sides and have fantastic players.

“For us to get a result and keep our momemtum going is really good.

"People who have played in the Europa League, sometimes that game on the Sunday can have an effect. We tried to make the most of it.

“There was a period we could have gone 2-0 up when we went 1-0 up and we didn't take it so that allowed Tottenham to grow confidence as the game went on.

"Today I don't think we played as well as I'd have liked us to play which says a lot. You need a bit of luck along the way but we had all the right things.

“I want to get better at ball retention and possession but we have something to work with as we have a group of players that are determined to work to have success.

"I feel as if there is a half-job done. I think we can play much better and that's what I'm saying. I don't think we've hit top gear yet. The players have been finding ways to wrestle points off the opposition.

“They have done a brilliant job."

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