"I think it'll be open - it's a very hard season to predict".
Pochettino believes his side face the challenge of operating differently in the market to the rest of last season's top six, with Spurs working with a smaller budget.
"But the Premier League's where everyone wants to be, and we're really happy to be back". Levy has even criticised the huge transfer sums paid by Tottenham's direct rivals on new players. "It was like, 'Wow, how did he do that?' I mean signings like that are what we need - that's just my opinion". But if one or more of their best players go down with injuries, there isn't an equal amount of talent waiting in the wings. Sissoko was handed a start against Juventus in pre-season and, despite a few erratic moments, generally impressed. Second-choice striker Vincent Janssen struggled throughout the campaign to score goals.
Pochettino has cheerfully toed the party line when quizzed about Tottenham's failure to add to their squad this summer.
Pochettino made light of Rose's plea that Spurs recruit household names by reminding him that he was a relative unknown when he took over at Southampton in 2013 and illustrates his point further though the rise of Eric Dier, Dele Alli and N'Golo Kante.
"Danny apologised to the club, chairman, manager, team-mates and fans". So why aren't players arriving?
Pochettino, meanwhile, has played down concerns that playing at Wembley this season, while the construction of their new stadium is completed, will derail a title bid.
Spurs experience of the national stadium during the Champions League was hardly a successful one and they will need to resolve their Wembley hoodoo quickly if they are to go one better this time around. So, effectively, they will play all of their matches away from home.
If Spurs do not build on their current side by the end of the transfer window, and if they do not drastically improve upon their form at Wembley last season, it is hard to see them challenging for a top four position considering the way their fellow contenders have strengthened. That would not matter, nor cause such trembling among some supporters, except that, with their White Hart Lane site being completely redeveloped, Wembley will be their home throughout the next 10 months. They also lost the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at the same ground.
Glass half full: Tottenham already had an excellent team and their young players are only going to be better for their experience over the last couple of seasons.