Pochettino, who has been praised for nurturing a group of talented young players delivering an eye-catching style of football, has had to contend with a number of frustrations despite the bright start to the Premier League season, which has brought seven wins from nine games. "There's no Kyle Walker anymore, the fact that Dembele is not the player he was".
The next, however, was a lot better as they won the Premier League with a record 100 points, 32 wins and 106 goals to add to the Carabao Cup. Whereas, all the other teams have.
'The quality of the club, the players, the coaching staff and Pep (Guardiola) of course, make them a very hard opponent and it's a massive challenge for us to play against them. "I'm pretty sure that Tottenham have a good green keeper", noted golf enthusiast Guardiola told a pre-match news conference.
Guardiola said: "It's always a problem because I am unfair".
They held out for a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou before losing the second leg 3-2, but the Argentine tactician's first win arrived a month later - 2-1 away from home in the Catalan derby.
"I like that, after what happened in Manchester at the arena, now it is a song for the people".
Keeper Hugo Lloris's red card proved the catalyst for PSV's late equaliser and Pochettino was asked about the mood of the French goalie whose season has been a mixed bag so far. It's not a case now of just admiring glances - the job is his if he wants it.
For those that watched Manchester City's extraordinary documentary on Amazon Prime, fans of the game will understand that Guardiola likes to use his full squad and with injuries always an occurrence, players on the fringes need to be ready to step in should they be needed.
De Bruyne is now tipped to start for City in the big clash against Tottenham on Monday night.
"I don't have the answer about how we are going to act when we move there [to the new stadium] - that question is not for me". The Citizens could become the first non-London side to win five consecutive Premier League games in the capital.
"It was not the plan to be at Wembley, different things can happen like the National Football League games and you cannot change the date and we need to accept that as reality and not complain".