Declan Rice admits top-four finish will be a challenge amid Spurs’ resurgence 

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Declan Rice has admitted that finishing in the top four will be a difficult challenge for West Ham United amid Chelsea’s form and Tottenham’s resurgence. 

Tottenham’s hopes of finishing in the top four looked to be lost when they were beaten 2-1 by West Ham at the London Stadium three weeks ago, a result which saw the Hammers move nine points clear of the North Londoners. 

Rice revealed after the game that the West Ham players used Mourinho’s claim before the match that two teams were not going to finish in the places that they occupied at the time, as extra motivation to beat the Lilywhites.

However, since that result, the Spurs boss’ comments seem likely to be proven right as his side have picked up three back-to-back wins and now sit just three points below David Moyes’ side and five points below fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand over the Blues.

Rice admitted that West Ham will have to play well to finish in the top four ahead of their rivals.

The England international told Sky Sports: “It’s hard to say we’re going to be Champions League, there’s so many games left.

“Chelsea have hit a fantastic bit of form and made a load of points.

“So have Spurs. It’s going to be a real tough test. It’s in our hands. 

“We’ve got Man United and Arsenal next – we need to win the big games. Keep going, and taking every game as it comes.”

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We have seen on plenty of occasions already so far this season how a couple of results can completely change the outlook of a team’s campaign. So there could potentially be plenty of twists and turns still left in the top four race with 11 games to go.

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