Pochettino will want another season of consolidation in the top four, but he will also like to see this team win a trophy and it could be that the domestic cups are treated with more respect than they have been recently.
"We are working, trying to add some players to the squad", he said.
"I have been away for over 10 years now and I don't get to see my mum that often".
"And when you sign a player like Eric Dier, who is an worldwide today when no one knew him before".
However, Benitez is not convinced Mauricio Pochettino's team will be distracted. I think Harry is one of the best strikers in the world.
What question marks there are are rooted in a rather shocking number of injuries Spurs are dealing with as they begin the season. That means bona fide superstars like Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris will still call Tottenham their home club when the season commences. "That is the challenge for us".
There have been 14 goals scored in the last three Premier League meetings between these two clubs at St James' Park.
Having said that, they beat Juventus 2-0 in their final pre-season friendly of the summer at Wembley, dispelling the idea that the size of the pitch has any bearing on their ability to play their game.
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The eagerness to buy into any notion of idealism, such as a club shunning the transfer window mayhem, is understandable in a sport where a player paying off his contract for €222 million to switch one super club for another is something many choose to celebrate.
A very, very productive transfer window has seen West Ham bring in players of the highest calibre, Joe Hart, Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic and Pablo Zabaleta will provide not only their services as players but vital Premier League experience.
"I don't think it's a matter to joke about because some of the worldwide players today, maybe one or two years ago, none of us knew them very well".
Under chairman Daniel Levy, Spurs have tended to sign young players with potential, including Rose himself in 2007, or foreign players untested in English football - an approach supported by Pochettino.