Harry Kane has opened up on Tottenham's late goals record this season.
Kane, 21, has been one of the surprise stars of the Premier League season, hitting 29 goals in all competitions for Tottenham on his way to his first ever England call-up.
Now expected to win his maiden cap against either Lithuania or Italy, Kane's rise from obscurity to the name on everybody's lips has been incredible.
Kane has been a beneficiary of Pochettino's desire to place his faith in young players; Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason have featured heavily in midfield this season having also come up through the Tottenham ranks alongside Kane, but haven't quite had the headline-grabbing success of the striker.
As well as the reliance on players in their footballing infancy, Pochettino has overseen a sensational goalscoring record in the final 15 minutes of games this season.
Tottenham have scored 12 goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season, and are continuously rescuing themselves, picking up points late on, when their opponents are tiring.
Kane has now told Rabona Magazine that the secret to that record is down to the work done in pre-season under Pochettino's guidance - even if it was what Kane calls 'the toughest pre-season he's ever had'.
"There were a lot of double sessions. Pre-season was tough, probably the toughest I’ve had under any manager. It definitely helped us," said Kane.
"We obviously did ball work during training then, afterwards, it’d just be running and things like that. The sessions themselves are quite hard so whenever he’d turn us around and get us to do running, all the lads would be like ‘bloody hell’, but it’s obviously worked."
"You see it in games, the longer the game’s gone on, we got fitter and feel like we’re the stronger team, create more chances later on in games. It’s hard work but you can see on pitch it’s been worth it," he added.