Alli, Kane Score To Help Spurs Beat Watford

Kane scored Spurs second goal in their comfortable 2-0 win over Watford on Monday night

When quizzed on the striker's fitness before the tournament, Pochettino whose side saw off Watford 2-0 on Monday in a post-match reaction replied: "Yes of course".

A goal in each half from Dele Alli and Harry Kane restored a five-point cushion between Spurs in fourth and fifth-placed Chelsea, with three games remaining, as the hunt for Champions League qualification threatened to intensify.

Harry Kane is "not capable of doing things like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo do with a football", says Tottenham legend David Ginola. He is a strong guy - physically and mentally.

"Of course, I think Hugo showed he is courageous and his performance and quality showed he is one of the best in the world, no doubt".

"It was a game we had to win and we won, so I'm happy about that", said Tottenham manager Pochettino.

But Watford should have levelled 10 minutes later as a slack Eric Dier pass allowed Etienne Capoue to release goal-shy striker Andre Gray, only for his tame shot to be repelled by Hugo Lloris.

The France global has come under criticism in recent weeks but his display against the Hornets was praised by Pochettino.

"Hugo Lloris was fantastic and showed why he is one of the best in the world".

"It was a great tackle against Watford and I talk a lot and very well of Hugo because the goalkeeper with us - their job is to be focused for 90 minutes, but to also help the team because our defensive line is high".

The Spurs needed a response after losing to Manchester City 3-1 then drawing at Brighton. Maybe we didn't play the way we wanted to play and our performance wasn't right but most important was the three points. It was a courageous piece of goalkeeping, particularly considering he conceded a penalty in a similar challenge with Raheem Sterling against City.

"A clean sheet for a keeper is so, so important. Assists, playing passes, crosses he is one of the best".

"I remind you that in my first meeting with [chairman] Daniel Levy and [owner] Joe Lewis, the target was to arrive in the new stadium in four years and to create a team to have the possibility to fight for the top four and the second year to play Champions League", he said.

"For us, it was a must-win game". Of course, they are in a hard situation but look in the last few games, they fight a lot they are now hard to beat. They might need a player with world-class talent, but with what they have, this season has been great.

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