Jose Mourinho convinced Tottenham can make top four despite West Ham defeat
Goals from Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard gave the Hammers a two-goal lead against their London rivals in east London, with Lucas Moura pulling one back for the visitors.
The defeat means Spurs have won just three of their last 13 matches in the Premier League and they’re nine points off fourth spot with 13 games to play.
Despite the gap, Mourinho is refusing to give up on the top four and says it remains a ‘realistic’ outcome for his side.
‘It is mathematically possible. When is mathematically possible, it is realistic,’ said Mourinho.
‘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, 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, is very possible.’
Spurs are through to the Carabao Cup final, where they’ll face Manchester City at Wembley.
That gives Mourinho the chance to win silverware at the club, who haven’t picked up a trophy since 2008.
Spurs are all but through to the last-16 of the Europa League and Mourinho admits the competition could become increasingly important for his side, as winning that is another route through to the Champions League.
‘The Europa League – we are alive, and when we are alive, knowing that many difficult opponents, and everybody has the same ambition that we have, but Europa League is a window of opportunity that is open for us, and maybe we can also get to Champions League through the Europa League,’ said Mourinho.