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Dele Alli Header Helps Tottenham Sink Newcastle United

Dele Alli Header Helps Tottenham Sink Newcastle United

Jan Vertonghen opened the scoring with an early header and Joselu's equaliser was quickly erased by Alli as all three goals came in the first 18 minutes.

Nine of Spurs' players reached the final four in Russian Federation and only returned to training on Monday - just five days before the opening fixture at St James' Park.

"If you put all the circumstances together, our players deserve massive, massive credit for the victory because it wasn't easy", he added.

Speaking after Mauricio Pochettino's charges got the campaign off to a winning start away at Newcastle on Saturday, the 24-year-old England global sent a rallying cry to fans, saying: "For the last three years we've been challenging the best teams in the country, and last year we were challenging the best teams in the Champions League with the squad that we have here today". They started to work Monday and try to prepare the team and start to work in the same way as the previous season.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I told you [the other day] that numerous players returned in a good condition".

"The only thing I do not like is to be positive and not get the right result; I want to win games". He worked a lot for the team. And the most important thing is our fans.

Benítez talked highly of his team and how they played today, telling Sky Sports he though his side "deserved more".

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Some players will be 100 per cent in a few weeks, others maybe two months.

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

"Of course the circumstances are completely different, and the profiles of the players are completely different". The guys who played in the World Cup and in the semi-finals, they looked after their bodies well.

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.

"There is still tomorrow and then we are going to decide".

"If individual goals and targets are the priority for them, it's sure that they are not going to help the team and that is why they are going to be out of the squad".

Kenedy's heavy 51st-minute touch allowed Hugo Lloris to preserve Spurs' lead before opposite number Dubravka showed lightning reactions to deny ex-Newcastle man Moussa Sissoko.