Tottenham the best that Watford have played - Quique Sanchez Flores
Tottenham are the best team Watford have played this season, according to Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores.
Kieran Trippier's 64th-minute goal secured Spurs' 1-0 victory over Watford on Saturday but their display was far more dominant than the scoreline suggests and Mauricio Pochettino felt it was one of Spurs' best performances of the season.
The victory moved Spurs into second -- ahead of Manchester City, who they face at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday -- and Flores believes Pochettino's side are "impossible" to play against at the moment because of their relentless energy and pressing.
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"For me, it's the best [team we've played]," Flores said in The Independent. "We play twice against [Manchester] City, twice against Tottenham, twice against Chelsea, and I think this is the more complete team.
"It was impossible... we try to train a lot, and try to take care [of] a lot what happens in transition. We know perfectly what we want to do when we [recover] the ball, we try to play, but it was impossible. It was impossible because they are like animals there, trying to beat and [recover] the ball as quick as possible.
"You need high velocity in thinking and playing, and it was impossible today.
"They [the Watford players] know that we were playing against an amazing team. They recognise that this may be the best team we play this season. When you are on the pitch and the level of the other team is better than you, the most important thing is to recognise it.
"We tried to survive. We had an option until the end because at 1-0 everything is possible in football, but that was the only good news for us."
Spurs head coach Pochettino meanwhile feels his current squad is "different" to previous Tottenham teams, claiming the club has shed the weak mentality that has plagued it during the Premier League era.
The side are one of just three teams, along with Juventus and PSG, in Europe's top five leagues not to have conceded more than two goals in a league match.
"I think we are different people now," Pochettino said. "It is difficult to explain but we live in the present and the group of players and the staff and the club and the president and the supporters believe we are strong, and we can compete in different competitions, and we can win every game -- and this is important."
"Tottenham have great supporters, staff and players and we show we have a winning mentality today. I think that to speak about the past is not fair because from the beginning of the season we show with our supporters we can get success from the season."
Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.