Tottenham crush Watford to close in on Chelsea

Ross Houston
April 10, 2017

Tottenham Hotspur closed the gap on Chelsea in the Premier League table to four points, temporarily, following their emphatic 4-0 win against Watford at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon.

With Mauricio Pochettino's men looking to reel in leaders Chelsea, top goalscorer Harry Kane was back on the bench less than a month after suffering an ankle injury.

Janssen's first opportunity came after just nine minutes when he turned Watford centre-back Craig Cathcart by the penalty spot and shot against the legs of goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

But the odds are still heavily stacked in favour of the championship trophy returning to Stamford Bridge after yesterday also saw the Blues beat Bournemouth 3-1 to stay seven points clear at the top.

The best two chances in the opening stages fell to Janssen, fresh from a decisive and brilliant assist at the Liberty Stadium.

Soon after he chested the ball on to the crossbar from Kieran Trippier's cross from the right, before being on his heels once more again as the right-back fizzed a delicious delivery on the volley right across the six-yard box. He seemed to misread the bounce and it ricocheted off his knee and agonisingly rolled up his body and on to the bar from 4 yards.

The Belgian playmaker was named PFA Player of the Year after helping to inspire Premier League glory in 2014-15.

Without Kane, Spurs have instead looked to his England team-mate Alli for inspiration and it was the 20-year-old who gave the hosts the lead shortly after the half-hour. That should have been the hat-trick. Son's cross from the left was deflected into the path of Janssen, and with the goal gaping, he could only knee the ball onto the bar.

The Dutchman spurned three good first-half chances before Alli finally set Spurs on their way. "If you don't show a strong mentality in 24, 25 players then you will not be able to rotate and give opportunities to others and they don't feel like an important part of the project, then it is hard to win titles".

Image: Dele Ali after scoring his side's first goal of the game.

Just before the break, Son clipped in a wonderful third goal to extinguish Watford's hopes.

"We've learned a lot from last season". He has smashed it. He is undoubtedly second striker now.

"Wow - that's unbelievable, no?" said the Spurs manager when Alli's stats were pointed out to him.

"The team deserve full credit because the energy and the way they played was fantastic". Most endearingly of all, they know not to blame outside forces for their own failings, for they barely have any weaknesses to speak of.

The worry for Spurs is that they will lose him.

Watford were simply not at the races as their two-game winning streak was emphatically ended. For their supporters, the trip to White Hart Lane was seen as a free-hit - provided they avoided total humiliation - and coach Walter Mazzarri appeared to view in it the same way.

All four goals were the result of outstanding finishes that demonstrated the confidence running through Pochettino's side and in particular Son, who has now scored seven goals in five games.

In their absence, Watford were not without quality.

On balance, Tottenham have probably a slightly easier forthcoming sequence of games, compared with Chelsea who travel to Manchester United next Sunday. "Stefano Okaka was the same when Deeney started against West Bromwich". He is one to watch.

Super Eagles forward, Isaac Success made his second start of the season for Watford.

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