Tottenham Hotspur’s meeting with the Major League Soccer All-Stars team is more than just your average pre-season friendly.
“I think we need to understand that for the All-Stars it’s a very important game. For us it’s the same. We need to compete,” he said.
“For us we expect a very tough game.”
Bayern Munich were guilty of underestimating the MLS side of last summer, going down 2-1 to the makeshift representative outfit.
Manager Pep Guardiola famously refused to shake opposite number Caleb Porter’s hand, claiming that he failed to see the MLS coach.
But despite stressing the need for a positive result, Pochettino has been keen to stress that there will be little in the way of bad blood when he meets Pablo Mastroeni on the touchline.
Citing the fact that both are originally from Argentina, the Spurs coach will nevertheless be aiming for a victory with the game also offering fringe players and several new signings the chance to impress.
Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer and Dele Alli could all play a part.