London: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has urged his players to work hard at making history rather than waste time talking about it.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino's side host Watford today in a position of strength only supporters of a certain age will be able to recall at White Hart Lane. They will kick off in third place in the Premier League table, behind leaders Leicester and Manchester City, who will have just completed a match against each other earlier in the day.

Tottenham have not been English champions since 1961 or even realistic challengers since the mid-1980s, and have qualified for the Champions League just once, in 2010.

"In football, in my experience, it’s better to show than to speak," he said. "In football when you speak too much only you can wait for the worst.

It’s important to show more than to speak, and to do something more than you say 'I will do this'. "What we’ve shown from the beginning of the season is a signal that we are in a very good way."

We’ve arrived in this moment because we’ve worked very hard from the beginning and we cannot do something different in the future — we need to keep the same way." A 3-0 win at Norwich on Tuesday moved Spurs ahead of Arsenal, who had drawn 0-0 at home to Southampton.