Wednesday 24 May 2017

Kane return adds gloss for ruthless Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur 4 Watford 0

Heung-Min Son of Tottenham celebrates scoring his sides third goal with Dele Alli during the Premier League match against Watford at White Hart Lane. Photo: Getty Images
Heung-Min Son of Tottenham celebrates scoring his sides third goal with Dele Alli during the Premier League match against Watford at White Hart Lane. Photo: Getty Images

Declan Warrington

Mauricio Pochettino praised his Tottenham team for maintaining pressure on Chelsea after their easy win over Watford. Their latest convincing performance took them briefly to within four points of the Premier League leaders.

On what was an already positive afternoon in which two goals from Son Heung-min and further finishes from Dele Alli and Eric Dier secured a comfortable victory, Harry Kane returned as a substitute.

Mauricio Pochettino looks on before Spurs' rampant victory Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images
Mauricio Pochettino looks on before Spurs' rampant victory Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

Spurs remain reliant on Chelsea dropping further points, which Pochettino acknowledged, but the manager was again encouraged that they are giving the title favourites so small a margin for error.

"The message for us is to keep pushing, winning games," said the Argentinian. "That's our job, and then what happens with Chelsea is their problem. We'll see. If they fail, our job is done because we are there [behind them], but still it's up to them to win the Premier League.

"It's good for us. We're talking about building that winning mentality: it was a good opportunity to be aware than in the future to win trophies, [it is important] to keep going, pushing, believing.

"We're more strong with [Kane] healthy and ready to fight again for the team. That's very important. But football is going in a completely different direction to 10, 15 years ago. It's a collective matter, more than before."

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri will be left disappointed with his side's display.
Watford manager Walter Mazzarri will be left disappointed with his side's display.

Pochettino was then asked what was the final ingredient his young, promising team need to become champions, and he responded: "Patience, time and maybe luck. There's a lot of work to do and it's not easy but we are excited about the future of this football club.

"For us it's now (important) to be focused on the next game. It's to be focused and to try to be ready next week: we will see what happens."

Tottenham next host Bournemouth before facing Chelsea in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

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