In the latest Tottenham Hotspur news, manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted his side will have little chance of winning the Premier League title if they can’t grind out wins against the likes of Watford.
Spurs suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Hornets on Sunday, with Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart getting the goals for the hosts at Vicarage Road, while Abdoulaye Doucoure scored an own goal during the contest.
The defeat is Tottenham’s first set-back of the season but Pochettino has high standards for his side and feels that they will get left behind in the title race if they don’t see off ‘lesser’ teams in the Premier League.
“The reality is if you want to be a contender today we should win and win easy because everything was ready to win the game,” Pochettino said. “That is very painful, but I am not upset.
“We need to show more respect to this competition, we need to compete much, much better. It is difficult for me to understand because for four years we were a contender.
“You need to show respect because to compete to win it is not easy, the Premier League is so, so tough.
“That is why after the third game because we beat Manchester United and the circumstances that we beat them, we need to be more cautious.
“And I think that is good today to feel the pain it will help us for the future to be better.”
Spurs are next in action after the international break on September 15 when they face their sternest test of the season so far against Liverpool at Wembley.