Spurs were eliminated from the EFL Cup by Liverpool on Tuesday, but remain just one point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City in the league table. If you want to be a big club and you want to be challenging, then when you have a defeat, you have to bounce back strongly. "I think you will be able to tell after we go into this very busy period now", the 22-year-old added. "The Premier League chops and changes and I'm sure it will come down to the wire". "He stayed in the game and made a lot of challenges against (Georges-Kevin) Nkoudou on the wing and to do it smartly, that's a really good sign".
Who will take the Frenchman's place against Leicester at White Hart Lane on Saturday?
"I think yes. It was a little bit odd at the end of the game".
The two sides meet again for the first time since then but Wales global King was considered a major doubt after he limped off during the 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace last weekend. Bearing in mind that record, it would be a miracle if Leicester could even wrestle a point away from the well-drilled, free-flowing football side that Spurs is.
Pochettino, who was himself playing regular first team football in the Argentinian premier league as a 17-year-old, denied it was hard for young players to impress in just one game.
Jurgen Klopp's side will find out their opponents for the quarter-finals this evening following Manchester United's clash with Manchester City.
"Now the manager says we are going to try rotation, so we start now".
However, the League Cup served a useful objective and the Argentine now has a different headache - how to handle and motivate some of his reserve players, who look set for a prolonged spell on the fringes, and when next to hand a start to some of his youngsters. He has great qualities and he's shown them again.
As we discussed in our match report, this is hardly as disappointing a result as it might seem.