There was plenty of attacking quality on show from the hosts at White Hart Lane, as Tottenham dismantled their opponents and extended their winning run at home to 11 consecutive Premier League matches. "We are the closest team in the league to Chelsea - that is the reality".
Manager Mauricio Pochettino saluted "fantastic" Tottenham Hotspur's 4-0 rout of Watford as his title chasers increased the pressure on English Premier League leaders Chelsea.
"The message for us is to keep pushing, winning games", said the Argentinian, 45.
On what was an already positive afternoon in which two goals from Son Heung-min and further finishes from Dele Alli and Eric Dier secured a comfortable victory, Harry Kane returned as a substitute to strengthen their pursuit of the title.
Spurs were made to sweat at the Liberty Stadium, but three goals after the 88th minute allowed them to claim a sixth straight win across all competitions.
- Dele Alli has been directly involved in 14 goals in 13 Premier League games for Tottenham in 2017 (10 goals, 4 assists). "He is here because we believe in him and if Michael Vorm is not ready he is a keeper who can cope". The gap is four but they have one game more to play. But his single-minded hunger for goals makes him more like Cristiano Ronaldo.
Spurs meets Watford in today's Premier League match at The Lane.
All four goals were the result of outstanding finishes that demonstrated the confidence running through Pochettino's side and in particular Son, who has now scored seven goals in five games.
At the start of the match, the Argentine opted to start striker Vincent Janssen up front, with the club's key man, Harry Kane, on the bench after returning from an ankle injury.
Son ensured Spurs reached half-time with the third fine goal of the half a minute before the interval.
Son further confirmed Spurs' dominance by meeting Kieran Trippier's flawless cross with a lovely half-volley at the far post to grab his brace in the 54th minute as the hosts cruised through to full-time.
"I believe the team deserve full credit as the energy as well as the manner that people played was awesome - 4-0 but I believe we deserved more goals".
Alli insists he is still a midfielder but he has now scored in six of the past seven league games (and he really should have scored in the win at Burnley last weekend). Son races onto Trippier's lovely pass into the right of the area, but sees his first-time shot come back off the bar.
Spurs's prolific recent efforts at home and Watford's scoring struggles on their travels suggest a big home win could be on the cards here.