Alli seals Spurs win as Kane's woes continue

Alli seals Spurs win as Kane's woes continue

Headed goals from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli saw Tottenham Hotspur register an opening day victory against Newcastle United, although Mauricio Pochettino's men were forced to weather a second-half onslaught to secure three points.

Dier was one of five Spurs players named in the starting XI who had only returned to the club five days previously, having been given an extended break after being at the World Cup. We're very ambitious as a squad and we want to achieve things and go as far as we can. They started to work Monday and try to prepare the team and start to work in the same way as the previous season.

Harry Kane struggled to get into the game and continues to wait for his first ever Premier League goal in August.

"It was a game that from the beginning of the season is always hard - teams with a lot of energy", the Argentine explained.

Tottenham were the club with the most players to reach the semi-finals at this year's competition with nine, featuring as many as six of them in today's win.

Asked if the striker was still to return to his best form, Pochettino said: "For me, he is in his best form whether he scores or doesn't score".

"Yes, many good performances from players that were very professional during their holidays".


"I told you [the other day] that numerous players returned in a good condition", Pochettino said. "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".

"I told them yesterday, for me, it's like we start from zero".

"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".

Pochettino was full of praise of Alli, who was one of five Spurs starters who did not play in any of their pre-season friendlies.

The team from London had a large number of players at the World Cup in Russian Federation, meaning they were entitled to return back to club duty later.

"Hugo (Lloris) was standing there in slo-mo and then it hit the bar and it fell the right way for us, so in the end we were a bit lucky".

"Newcastle showed a lot of energy and had quality". "No, he was so calm and relaxed and I said to him 'you just play how you know how to play - easy - and enjoy".

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