After two exciting, impressive but ultimately failed seasons of pushing to become champions of England this is the year Pochettino has to strike gold, or at least silver in the shape of a major trophy.
In this fixture, West ham always manage to find an extra gear, with last season's win over Spurs being their only glimmer of hope in an otherwise dismal season. But it is so hard because here in England, it's hard to find a day or night altogether.
"It was a very tough game, and overall we deserved the win".
Unlike Pochettino, Bilic could be forgiven for being sick of the sight of Kane after he took his tally against West Ham to seven goals in six appearances against them.
"No, no, no (not McDonald's)". If I was the manager I wouldn't be looking at him for three days, he best keep out of my way until Thursday. "Good restaurant, good food, good wine", he added. Not only tactics but outside too.
"It is important to have Mark, he's our skipper", he said.
"That is tactics, too". That makes this match against cross-city rivals Tottenham Hotspur all the more important, especially with Spurs lurking just outside the top four. "So when they come back, we'll be at our best in different competitions". That creates links between them, emotion. "In the end, that's the principal objective".
"The game is won - West Ham got a goal back - but it's done and then Aurier gets an very bad sending off", Pardew told Sky Sports. Tottenham, who had won nine league games in a row before that, had a powerful team and it shouldn't have happened to them.
It's not easy picking winners when it comes to the Premier League. His great strength in the job, as he showed with Croatia, is motivation. Against West Ham on Saturday afternoon, he will be hoping for more capital gains.
Tottenham Hotspur drew West Ham in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup yesterday, but they'll travel to London Stadium this Saturday in the first Premier League meeting between the two sides. A record buy at West Ham, a lot more was expected and it's safe to say that he has failed to replicate any of the good stuff that he pulled off at Stoke.
If so then Tottenham have gone home with runners-up medals in the last two having crumbled with devastating effect each time.