Christian Eriksen suggests whether Chelsea battle had impact on Tottenham defeat

The Spurs midfielder claims his side were unlucky to lose to Southampton and that the result was not because of Monday night's battle.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has denied that the club's 2-1 defeat to Southampton on Sunday was a result of the draining 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Monday night, as quoted by BBC Sport.

Spurs collapsed from 1-0 up against the Saints on Sunday afternoon to lose 2-1 to leave even their hopes of finishing in second place in jeopardy.

That disappointing defeat - the North Londoners' first since slipping to a 1-0 reverse at West Ham United two months ago - came just six days after the battle at Stamford Bridge on Monday night which saw their title hopes finally ended.

In that match, Mauricio Pochettino's side surrendered a 2-0 half-time lead to draw 2-2 in a heated game which also saw nine Spurs players booked - a Premier League record for one side in a match - and Mousa Dembele subsequently banned for six matches for gouging at the eye of Diego Costa.

Much of the reaction to that draw accused Spurs of having lost their heads and thrown away their slim remaining chance of the title, but Eriksen insisted that today's defeat was not a result of what went on at Stamford Bridge.

The Danish midfielder said, as quoted by BBC Sport: "We tried as much as we could. It's been a long season and this defeat wasn’t because of Monday. The last few games we haven’t managed to keep it going.

"We had a good first 20 minutes but we didn't win. We were a bit unlucky today - we had chances and there were two great saves. We missed the last chance, whereas Saints had three chances and scored two goals."

Despite their defeat, Spurs are still in pole position to finish as runners-up to Leicester this season, although Arsenal's draw at Manchester City means they are just two points ahead of their rivals with a game to play.

Spurs travel to relegation-battling Newcastle on the final day, whilst Arsenal host bottom side Aston Villa.

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