Pochettino then gave him his first league appearance in an immediate reunion with Swansea at Wembley on Saturday, with Llorente marking a change in philosophy from Spurs and the faith that they have put in youth over the last three years under their Argentine coach.
"He can cause a lot of problems for whoever they are against".
The contrast is all the more dramatic given Spurs' relentless form at White Hart Lane last season, where they were unbeaten in the league and took 18 points out of 18 against the league's bottom six.
'The truth is that Chelsea have been after me for a long time but at the end you know how this works'.
Harry Kane came closest to breaking the deadlock when his second-half effort struck the crossbar, but Swansea held on for what could be a crucial point come the end of the season. Mauricio Pochettino is calm over the situation by the former Southampton and Atletico Madrid centre-back remains one of the few first team players yet to have committed their future to the club. "I've just got to take that confidence going forward and with the players I've got behind me, setting me up, I should be okay".
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"Tottenham are an fantastic club with a wonderful project, and I think I fit in very well".
"Later, he was manager of Espanyol and I was an Athletic player, and we competed against each other various other times".
"Swansea will come here and try and make it hard for us to play but we've got a good win, now we've got to build on that and make this a really tough place for people to come".
Unmentioned by Llorente is the financial factor, which in reality may have been the biggest reason for his decision to dump Conte for Poche.
Spurs beat Dortmund's keeper twice inside his near post on Wednesday but they could not get past Fabianski, who stopped Kane's early free-kick that was destined for the bottom right-hand corner.
It was a big turning point for Harry Kane, too: he started every league game from that point on, and went on to score an incredible 31 goals in all competitions, 21 in the Premier League.