Pochettino praises Spurs for keeping pressure on

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri (left) and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino look on (pi

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri (left) and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino look on (pic Victoria Jones/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Gap closed to four points in Premier League title race

Mauricio Pochettino praised his Tottenham team for maintaining pressure on Chelsea with their 4-0 defeat of Watford.

Their latest convincing performance took them to within four points of the Premier League leaders who visit Bournemouth later on Saturday evening.

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

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 Pochettino.

“That’s our job, and then what happens this afternoon with Chelsea is their problem.

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“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.”

Pochettino was then asked what was the final ingredient his young, promising team need to become Premier League champions, and he added: “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, who also remain on course to qualify for next season’s Champions League, next host Bournemouth before facing Chelsea in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.