Christian Atsu features in Newcastle's opening day defeat to Tottenham

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Jan Vertonghen gave Spurs the lead but Joselu equalized with a lovely header, then Alli also scored a header at the back post to cap a wild spell in the first half.

For Spurs, Eric Dier was booked and struggled to get a foothold in the game, and though Harry Kane was forced extremely deep, the Golden Boot victor battled hard.

But Pochettino stuck up for the England captain and World Cup Golden Boot victor when he said: 'For me, he is in his best form whether he scores or doesn't score.

"It's a position I like to get in", Alli said.

"Of course we didn't sell players and with 25 players in the squad it's hard to add".

With all eyes on Harry Kane's bid to end his August goal drought that now stands at 14 Premier League matches, it was Tottenham's centre-backs who combined for the game's opening goal.

"Many of the players arrived in good condition and I was very happy with that", he admitted.

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. "They started to work Monday and try to prepare the team and start to work in the same way as the previous season".

"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". The St. James' Park will be the hosting ground as Spurs will be hoping to claim all three points against Newcastle United.

"I think it was very good competition today, with a big squad". The manager decides who plays, names or no names.

"I was lucky to get a touch and it didn't go in the goal". But we are in the competition, and if the young ones like Luke Amos deserve to be on the bench and maybe play, they are going to play.

Many of Tottenham's World Cup stars had only a few days' training before featuring against Newcastle and Pochettino was impressed by their commitment and energy levels.

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