The odds on West Ham completing a great comeback shortened when Kouyate headed in, however a late melee in the closing seconds sucked the impetus out of West Ham. This London derby is the game to watch this weekend.
After good recent performances, this was another step back for Bilic and his team. A win over their arch-rivals could build upon this and kickstart their season.
"For me, they are the team that plays the most attractive football and for me, they are definitely one of the contenders to win the league", he said. "We feel very proud of his last three seasons with us because I think he achieved many, many more things than he expected", he added.
Back then Pochettino could rely on fortress White Hart Lane to back him up with the points required to make a genuine push for a first Premier League title for him and the club.
The Belgium worldwide said it was a "must win" match after the frustrating stalemate with Swansea at Wembley last weekend and added: "We lost there last season".
The Wales worldwide is joined by Pedro Obiang (muscle) and Manuel Lanzini (knee) on the sidelines, but Mark Noble returns to make his first appearance in nearly a month.
Bilic though, is set to welcome captain Mark Noble back to action with the English midfielder recovering from a short-term knee injury. At the back, James Collins is out with an ankle problem, meaning one fewer shackle on Harry Kane.
However, Spurs have confirmed that the London derby will still come too early for Erik Lamela, Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama as the trio "continue their rehabilitation" from their respective injuries.
"Those are the patterns that we want to repeat on Saturday", said Hammers manager Slaven Bilic on Thursday.
These are just two of the more common methods employed by Premier League managers, but Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino opted for a different method to the norm.
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For Spurs, Harry Kane will naturally be the one to watch.