‘We need to stay together’: Pochettino proud as Tottenham make a stand

‘We need to stay together’: Pochettino proud as Tottenham make a stand

Vertonghen headed Spurs into an early lead - an advantage that was restored after 18 minutes by Dele Alli following Joselu's equaliser for the hosts.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez also endured a disappointing window as the Magpies made a large profit on their transfer activity so they'll face a hard task to improve on last seasons 10th-placed finish.

Mauricio Pochettino is happy with Tottenham's squad and praised the club for keeping Harry Kane as he hinted at Brexit and Spurs' new stadium being to blame for no new signings.

"I'm really pleased to be part of the winning team at the World Cup, but you could say the England and Belgium players have got back with more hunger because they were so close to the final and the most important trophy of their careers", Lloris said. "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".

Three goals in seven first half minutes opened the first Saturday of the new season in style.

Toby Alderweireld was reportedly a target of Manchester United, although no approach was made, and Danny Rose has been linked with a loan move to either Paris Saint-Germain or Schalke.

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"With all of the circumstances, we prepared for the game with a lot of players that only started training on Monday".

"I am not going to complain and we have to learn to be clever".

"I told them yesterday for me it's like we start from zero", Spurs manager Pochettino said. "He has been strong and focused and he has shown good quality today". Serge Aurier did not feature in the World Cup and played pre-season with Spurs.

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

Newcastle, who finished safely in mid-table last season, were unlucky to take nothing from the game but showed enough against one of the league's top sides to suggest they should be competitive again this season.

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