"To win the Carabao Cup and be in the middle of the table in the Premier League I think today we are not talking how we are talking here".
A hat-trick from Fernando Llorente, two from Serge Aurier and an additional goal from Son Heung-Min saw Spurs catapult into an emphatic 6-0 lead, as the headed in the final 15 minutes of the match, but Pochettino elected to take off Llorente and opted to put on his star man Kane.
Tranmere starting XI: Davies, Ellis, McNulty, Monthe; Caprice, Harris, McCullough, Gilmour, Ridehalgh; Norwood, Jennings.
Tottenham then turned the screw after Harvey Gilmour had an attempt to half the deficit.
Son had earlier brilliantly set up Aurier's second with a remarkable touch to bring the ball under control before playing in the Ivorian on the overlap.
Dele Alli went close and Timothy Eyoma became Spurs' latest debutant in-between Llorente leaving to a standing ovation and being replaced by Kane.
Llorente was making his second start of the season.
The home faithful's groan was as audible as it was understandable, with the England captain inevitably netting seven minutes after coming on.