Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on midfielder Mousa Dembele after his performance in the 1-1 draw at Watford.
The Belgian international returned from injury recently and played the full 90 minutes at Vicarage Road, as Spurs failed to win in the Premier League for the fourth game in a row.
Despite the frustrating result, Spurs boss Pochettino was full of praise for the midfielder for not only his performance but the way he has recovered from injury.
“Yes, it was very good for him, in the way he’s been building his fitness in the last few weeks and how we’ve been handling his situation. It’s important,” said the Spurs boss, as quoted by football.london.
“Today was very good, a fantastic performance.
“Step by step we are nearly all fit. Only now we have Toby and Victor out. It’s important to have all the team there and feel strong for the future.”
Christian Kabasele put Watford ahead with a 13th-minute header from a Tom Cleverly corner. Spurs equalised on 25 minutes, when Son Heung-min finished off Christian Eriksen’s cross.
Tottenham were reduced to 10 men in the second half, when centre-back Davinson Sanchez was sent off for elbowing Watford winger Richarlison.
Abdoulaye Doucoure rattled the post for the Hornets with a 25-yard strike, but the hosts could not find a winning goal and remain three points behind Spurs in the Premier League table.
Spurs have lost three of their last six Premier League games and are without a win in their last four. If Manchester City beat West Ham United on Sunday afternoon, they will be 18 points behind the leaders in this season’s title race.