Mauricio Pochettino slams Spurs after painful Watford defeat


Many thought that Tottenham's rout of Manchester United in Gameweek 3 marked them out as a team to genuinely compete for the Premier League title this season, alongside Liverpool, Chelsea, and 2017/18 champions Manchester City.

Spurs have begun the season with a flawless record of three wins from their first three games, the latest of which was a fine victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday evening. The Hornets have started superbly and will no doubt make a real game of this but I think Tottenham will have just too much for them.

"I think it is a wake-up call for everyone to say "come on, we need to compete".

"Different reality from us and, of course, if you don't improve and change, and don't work hard, it's so difficult to fight for a position".

"We are going to play on Sunday against a very good team who are over the moon after three games and they are going to fight for everything". It's hard to understand if you want to be a contender.

Spurs defeat means that there are only three teams left with a 100% record in the Premier League as we head into the global break: Chelsea, Liverpool and Watford. That's how I feel.

Manchester United have effectively been cleared to seal the transfer of Toby Alderweireld if they still want him after quotes from Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

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They will fancy their chances as they host Emery's men, but the Spaniard will look to crash the party. I think he's got great vision and he's got some good players hasn't he".

However, Watford captain Troy Deeney and defender Craig Cathcart struck for the hosts to seal a deserved victory and maintain their own excellent start to the season. The reality is we need to analyse who is on the pitch.

"It's very hard to choose and leave some players out of the team", he nearly apologetically bemoaned. But when you watch the game, it was very thin, the line to be positive or negative.

"I am happy with the squad that I have".

'To play football, to compete, it looks an easy game because we dominate the ball, we didn't concede because Watford were poor in the first 45 minutes.

"Today from the beginning we needed to go there like a lion and try to score in every single action", he said.

"We showed a lot of character", Watford captain Deeney told Sky Sports.

Spurs were given a lifeline when five minutes of added-on time were indicated by the fourth official, but Watford held firm to extend what has been their best-ever start to a Premier League campaign.