Five talking points from Tottenham's victory over Watford, featuring Chadli and Wimmer

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Tottenham beat Watford 1-0 at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon.

Winning when not at their best

It's often suggested that the top teams are able to win games, even when they're not at their best. That's exactly what Tottenham did against Watford, as it looked like being a frustrating day after a number of missed chances. Yet, with a sturdy defence, Spurs always had the chance to grab a win, and Kieran Trippier's second-half goal gave them the victory. Spurs will play better and lose in the future, and with title aspirations on the line, winning is all that really matters right now.

Wimmer impresses again

When Jan Vertonghen went down with an injury, many wondered whether rookie Kevin Wimmer would be able to step into his role. After a promising first start in the Premier League against Norwich in midweek, Wimmer again impressed in a much tougher test against Watford. Matched up against Odion Ighalo and then Troy Deeney later on, Wimmer impressed alongside Toby Alderweireld, and with two clean sheets in a row, they look like forming a strong partnership to continue Spurs' superb defensive record this season.

Chadli fails to take his chance

After decent performances against Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Colchester United, Belgian winger Nacer Chadli had earned a start. However, Chadli struggled to make an impact on the left hand side, and was substituted after an hour against Watford. With a fairly anonymous display, Chadli may be back behind Son Heung-min in the pecking order, having failed to grasp his place in the first-team with both hands on Saturday.

Even as a substitute, Alli makes a huge impact

Having been taken off at half time against Norwich in midweek with an illness, Dele Alli was only on the bench against Watford. Yet, with Spurs struggling to break Watford down, Alli was brought on with half an hour to play, and he was responsible for the winning goal. Breaking into the box, Alli played a superb ball across goal with the outside of his foot, leaving Trippier with the simple task of tapping home from close range. The crowd came alive when Alli was brought on, and even when he isn't starting, the teenager still has the ability to be a game changer for Spurs.

The biggest game of the season is on the horizon

As the final whistle blew, Spurs fans celebrated their ascent into second place. Quickly though, the attention turned to next weekend's game, as Tottenham travel to face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. With Arsenal taking on Leicester City next Sunday too, the top four picture will look a lot clearer in a week's time - and a win for Spurs in arguably the biggest game of the season away at Manchester City would make them one of the favourites for the Premier League title, and prove they can beat the big boys on the road.

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