Pochettino wants Tottenham ready if Chelsea fail

Son added a second after the break to make the scoreline more impressive, with the result coupled by a welcome return from star striker Harry Kane, to help Mauricio Pochettino's side in their late push for the crown.

Watford's last win against Tottenham in any competition was a 3-2 League Cup triumph at White Hart Lane in 1994, although they lost 8-6 on aggregate.

Pochettino believes Kane is as influential to Tottenham as Messi is to La Liga title-holder Barcelona, saying it is insane to question the 23-year-old's importance at White Hart Lane following three successive victories in his absence. The first 30 minutes we played very well and were just missing the last pass.

"And then when Messi's available again, you don't say "hmm, I don't know".

"We now have seven finals to play, and we are looking forward to building on this next year".

"And we'll see tomorrow whether he will start the game or be on the bench. But there's a really good feel about the club at the moment".

'It's very good news for him and for us.

Son had two great chances to complete his hat-trick late on, inexplicably shooting wide when unselfishly played in by Kane before hitting the crossbar after more good work from Trippier.

"We have to try to win games and be ready if Chelsea fail". That's one of my main attributes and I try to do my best and get into those positions where I can feed them into the strikers and try to create as many goals as I can.

Team news is that Spurs will miss Harry Winks (ankle) while Victor Wanyama is likely to return following his absence from the squad that travelled to Swansea on Tuesday. "His character is unbelievable".

After flat out refusing to engage in mind games with Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte, Pochettino insisted he has no fears of third-choice goalkeeper Pau Lopez's potential debut.

Even though the Hornets are sitting 10th, they are only nine points clear of 18th placed Swansea with seven games to go.

"Now it's up to them to win the league". "Now it's up to them to win the league".

"The message for us is to keep pushing, winning games", said the Argentinian, 45.

Spurs' devastating form is unfortunately not Watford's only obstacle in their bid to tighten their grip on a top-half finish.

  • Julie Sanders