Mauricio Pochettino says winning mattered more than Tottenham performance against Watford

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With 71 points from 35 matches, Tottenham hold the final Champions League berth from the EPL by a margin of five points over fifth-place Chelsea.

"He needs to improve still but he is happy - 150 games in the Premier League, 105 goals".

"Maybe it wasn't a great performance but the most important thing was to be competitive and win the three points".

"But he's a strong guy mentally and physically and I'm sure that first of all he's going to perform well for us and then he'll arrive in a very good condition to play in the World Cup".

Any nerves Spurs might have had were settled when they took a 16th-minute lead, though they had Watford goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis to thank for the opener.

The fact Kane got back to business against Watford will be a big boost for Tottenham given his uncharacteristically lean spell in spring.

"It was a good night for us".

Pochettino also hailed Lloris' performance, stating: "Watford played well, they created some chances - great chances - and I think Hugo Lloris was fantastic".

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Spurs were largely controlling affairs, however, they were indebted to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, after the Frenchman raced from his goal to thwart Andre Gray's advances as Watford offered a threat of their own.

The club is prepared to listen to offers for Dembele - who has a year remaining on his contract and wants a new challenge - in the summer but replacing him will be one of the toughest tasks of Pochettino's four-year tenure.

Lloris has come under intense pressure after mistakes leading to goals in three consecutive matches against Chelsea, Stoke and Manchester City, and he was left out of the team for the FA Cup semifinal defeat to Manchester United.

The home side dominated possession and goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane either side of half-time were enough to seal Spurs' victory.

"We conceded a few chances but Hugo Lloris showed fantastic skill and that's why he's one of the best keepers in the world", added Pochettino whose side kept a clean sheet for the first time in six league games thanks mainly to the France global. I feel fine. I feel good.

The goal took him to within four of Golden Boot frontrunner Mohamed Salah and that should have gone to three, but only he will know how he did not convert into an empty net from a yard out after Jan Vertonghen's header hit the post.

Mauricio Pochettino believes that Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier "is one of the best English players in the Premier League". Past year I got 29 goals so I'd like to beat that but we'll see what happens.