'That's how I looked at it.
"It's hard... I don't know. Our mentality must be ready in every single game".
I'm not going to say that Pochettino is wrong about Dele, but his statements are slightly contradicted by the way Dele celebrated his first goal.
It is getting harder to find a Chelsea supporter who wants the Conte era to extend to a third act, even if it were possible at this late stage to heal his deeply damaged relationship with the board.
'I was feeling strong last year and that's what I'll try and do this year, ' he said.
Conte hinted before the match that a lack of Champions League football next term may well spell the end of his time in West London, with ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique rumoured to have already been lined up to take charge in June.
That is also the impression you get from Conte, who does not come across as a man who is desperate to stay in the job.
'Champions League football is a must and we're in a great position. "We are in a good place to achieve the top four, and to do that at the end of the season is the challenge".
"Salah has got a bit of a head start now, and we'll see what happens".
'We don't just want to be a team that gets there one or two years and then falls off.
Today when we were down against Chelsea, the team showed great character and quality and in the end, I think we deserved the victory. Real Madrid were also vanquished at Wembley in November and how Pochettino will rue three minutes of madness that cost them a place in this week's Champions League quarter-finals having dominated Juventus, two-time finalists in the past three season, over two legs in the last 16.
With a clash against league leaders Manchester City their only testing encounter in the run home, the current fourth placed side are eyeing off a second place finish at the expense of Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp's sides.
"It was a massive win", Pochettino said.
However, Alli answered the doubters in the best possible way, giving the Lilywhites the lead in the second-half when he controlled an Eric Dier pass, plucking it out of the air and finishing in style.
The South Korean has seven goals and an assist in his last five outings for Spurs and is a man in form ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge. "I had the same a year ago". I can't control what he does.
'It's just about being positive. But over the years, the fixtures at Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane have gained enormous significance not just to the local faithful, but also the novice fans watching in another continent.