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

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has predicted a bright future for the club Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has predicted a bright future for the club
Cary Erickson | 13 August, 2018, 03:58

Jan Vertonghen's opener at St James' Park on Saturday was quickly cancelled out by Joselu, but Alli then ghosted in unmarked to head home at the back post in the 18th minute, scoring in very similar style to his goal against Sweden in the World Cup quarterfinals.

"Winning the World Cup brought a lot of positive energy", Hugo Lloris, Tottenham's French captain, said. I was so happy about that. There were many good performances from players that were very professional during their holidays.

"I think all the squad showed their commitment with the club, with the team". We feel so proud about that. We know that Tottenham Hotspur have a plethora of quality, that Newcastle's collective will fight for every inch, ...

Tottenham will be aiming to be one of the main title contenders this season as they bid to try and win their first trophy under Pochettino.

And, oh yeah, Harry Kane still hasn't scored in August.

Alli's goal marked the second season in a row in which the midfielder has scored in the opening game.

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Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura have been handed starting roles in the final third, but there is no place for Danny Rose, who continues to be linked with a move away from the North London outfit.

"Nobody is injured. Only it is about taking the best decision".

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

Tottenham re-signed star striker Kane on a long-term deal but they failed to reinforce their team before Thursday's Premier League deadline. "We don't get caught up in what's going on around [us]". Serge Aurier did not feature in the World Cup and played pre-season with Spurs.

Playing Tottenham Hotspur is always a tough challenge and when Newcastle went a goal down early on, I must admit I feared the worst.