No signings? No problem for Tottenham as Dele Alli sinks Newcastle

Paola Ditto
Agosto 12, 2018

Jan Vertonghen conceded Tottenham rode their luck in the opening 2-1 Premier League win at Newcastle United.

They perhaps lacked a central focal point in midfield until Mousa Dembele was summoned from the bench with around 25 minutes to play and Eric Dier still remains an awkward fit in that position from which Pochettino wants his team to get going.

"I feel so proud about that". "They've got unbelievable fans, it's an atmosphere that's not too nice to play in but we know the job we have to do".

"I'm a happy man with the goal-line technology definitely, hopefully I can score a couple more".

Spurs had nine players in Russian Federation until the final weekend and they only returned to training on Monday, with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris having differing levels of fitness. He's in his best form.

Lucas Moura (6/10): Another disappointing outing from the former PSG starlet, who is still yet to sort his feet out in the English Premier League. "But what happens with Harry is that he can not score three goals in every game", Pochettino added.

Jamie Vardy bundled home in stoppage time to set up a nervy finale but United held on to secure all three points.

Pochettino had been expected to be without as many as nine of his side for the game, but only Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier were not named in the opening day squad having jetted off to this summer's World Cup.

Eric Dier (6.5/10): Had a mixed game by his standards as the Newcastle midfielders often harried him on the ball.

"If you cannot add players who can improve your squad, the most important thing is to make sure you do not lose your best player".

"I was lucky to get a touch and it didn't go in the goal".

Tottenham tied down star striker Kane on a long-term deal but they failed to reinforce their squad before Thursday's Premier League deadline. "There's massive competition between them and I'm going to rotate in the next few weeks, trying to give the possibility to all the players to play and be important".

"Newcastle showed a lot of energy and great quality and it was a hard opening for us". If you put all the circumstances our players deserve massive, massive credit for the victory because it wasn't easy.

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