Chelsea FC were 2-0 winners against their bitter rivals in west London on Wednesday night to leave Tottenham with a lot of ground to make up in the title race.
The Lilywhites were in the hunt for a first Premier League crown after both Liverpool FC and Manchester City dropped points in January and February.
However, Tottenham have faltered in their last two Premier League games to provide the Reds with the chance to build a nine-point lead over the north London side.
Spurs slumped to a surprise 2-1 loss to Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend to succumb to their eighth Premier League defeat of the season.
Tottenham made the short trip to Chelsea FC on Wednesday night to take on a Blues side in disarray after the fallout from their Carabao Cup final defeat last weekend.
However, Pedro Rodriguez netted a second-half opener before Kieran Trippier’s own-goal all but ended Tottenham’s title hopes given that Spurs now have a nine point deficit to make up in their final 10 games.
Speaking to BBC Sport following their 1-0 loss in the London derby at Stamford Bridge, Pochettino conceded defeat in the Premier League title race.
“Chelsea had one shot on target and one goal and we didn’t shoot – its difficult that way to win and we weren’t solid enough,” Pochettino said. “In the small details the result was decided for Chelsea.
“The competition will put us in our place. It’s a 10-month competition, not just three or four months. We are disappointed now.
“After Burnley I said it was difficult, and tonight makes it impossible to fight Man City and Liverpool.
“Only they can win the league – we must fight to win games and to be fair.”
Tottenham are in third spot and a mere four points ahead of Arsenal.
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