Mason’s honest response as Tottenham’s European hopes suffer major blow at Leeds

A crestfallen Ryan Mason offered a bleak verdict on Tottenham’s top-four hopes after watching side defeated 3-1 by Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.

Goals by Stuart Dallas, Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo steered the Whites to victory at Elland Road, although Spurs briefly levelled in the first half through Son Heung-min.

The result leaves Spurs five points behind fourth-place Chelsea, although the Blues have a game in hand, and seven points behind Leicester City in third with three games remaining.

Mason, who is acting as interim manager, was unable to give a conclusive answer on whether his side’s hopes of Champions League qualification are over as he assessed the display.

Spurs appear to be all-but out of the race for the top four

“I don’t know,” the former England midfielder told reporters when asked if defeat ends Spurs’ top-four chances. “Look, today is a disappointing result for us.

“We wanted to come here and win the game. We haven’t done that. That’s very disappointing.

“We have to get over this and we have to work well this week and hopefully get three points next weekend (against Wolves ).”

Mason added: “[Leeds] started well and they had a lot of energy.

Mason gave his assessment of a "disappointing afternoon" in West Yorkshire
Mason gave his assessment of a “disappointing afternoon” in West Yorkshire

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“They’re probably the fittest teams in the Premier League so we knew it was going to be difficult early on.

“Unfortunately for us we conceded early on which was tough, but we came back into the game and obviously disappointed to go in at half-time 2-1 down.

“The players showed they wanted to win. They came out and they believed in a certain way.

“They created chances, created some big moments in that second half where we probably needed to take one at 2-1 and to make it 2-2 would have made it a completely different game in the last 15 minutes.

“We had to open up because we were chasing the game and they caught us on the counter. So a disappointing afternoon for us.”

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