Arsenal whitewashed Spurs in the season before Pochettino arrived, beating them three times without conceding in 2013/14, but in his 11 north London derbies since that, the Argentine has only tasted defeat three times - most recently in December at the Emirates.
"Everyone would have signed for that eight or ten months ago - in June or July - to be - today - with the possibility of playing against Arsenal at Wembley with the gap at four points".
"And I think the team is changing the perception that Tottenham was a little bit soft. It's going to be tough on Saturday but we believe we can deliver a good job".
Harry Kane could miss Tottenham's clash with Liverpool if referee Andre Marriner reports that he didn't see an apparent headbutt incident between Kane and Cesar Azpilicueta during Spurs' 2-0 loss against Chelsea on Wednesday evening. "I wasn't anxious because I knew that what happened was going to happen".
A touchline ban is possible, potentially against Southampton on March 9, but Pochettino feels that would be harsh.
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Matches like tomorrow the players know it's important first to get three points and because it is special for the supporters. Of course, the rivalry is so important because of the history, but every game, for us, is so important and the next one against Arsenal will be important. I would be more anxious if he didn't show that character or shows the message that he cares.
However it turns out Halsey was wrong and, because Mariner saw the incident, Kane won't face any fan.
"It makes me laugh", he said. All together we need to create a very good atmosphere to help the team to win.
"I came close to leaving".
Tottenham will also be looking to Son Heung-Min for goals after drawing a blank in their midweek London derby defeat at Chelsea, and Pochettino has revealed he almost signed the South Korean for Southampton when he left Hamburg in 2013.