Pochettino's response when asked if Tottenham are good enough without Toby Alderweireld

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during a Tottenham Hotspur training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Real Madrid on October 31,...

The Tottenham Hotspur defender has been out injured for the past couple of weeks.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium on November 1, 2017 in...

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino sat down for his pre-match press conference yesterday, ahead of his side's trip to Watford tomorrow, and opened up on how his side have missed Toby Alderweireld in recent weeks, as quoted by popular football news website Football.London.

Tottenham's poor run of form, that has seen them take just one point from their last three Premier League games, has coincided with the Belgian's absence.

The 28-year-old limped off during the Lilywhites win over Real Madrid last month with a hamstring injury, and his importance to the Spurs side has been underlined during his absence.

Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus on August 5, 2017 in London, England.

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And whilst admitting that Tottenham do in fact miss Alderweireld, Pochettino told reporters how he has been happy with his side's defensive performances during the absence of the Belgian, as quoted by Football.London:

"I think we miss him, because in the last few seasons he's been one of our best players. But now what can we do if he's out injured? I'm happy with the performance of our defensive line. In the last few weeks I think we've felt disappointed in our results but not our performances. It's true that we can do better of course. If you ask me do we miss him, of course we miss all the players that are injured."

Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa (L) attempts to bring the ball down while under pressure from Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur (R) during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match...

Spurs do have other options in defence, including summer signing Davinson Sanchez, and now is the time for everyone to step up and be counted, whilst the 28-year-old is out of the team.

Tomorrow's trip to Vicarage Road will be vitally important for Pochettino's men, and nothing less than three points will do if they are to have any chance whatsoever of chasing down Pep Guardiola's rampant Manchester City side.

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