Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Mauricio Pochettino Yet To Decide On Tottenham Team vs Newcastle

Mauricio Pochettino Yet To Decide On Tottenham Team vs Newcastle

Belgium centre-back Vertonghen headed home in the opening 10 minutes from a Christian Eriksen cross, but the Spurs lead lasted under two minutes.

The only surprise was that, after Alli's 18th-minute victor, there was no further score with both goalkeepers, Martin Dubravka and Hugo Lloris, forced to make a string of impressive saves.

Newcastle brought on Rondon with half an hour remaining, and he almost grabbed a point in the closing stages, seeing his effort deflect off Vertonghen and onto the bar.

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More unconvincing set-piece defending left Lloris thwarting Ayoze Perez at close quarters and Tottenham just about hung on after Vertonghen deflected an effort from substitute Rondon against the crossbar. "That is why I said before that every single circumstance is different". They started to work Monday and try to prepare the team and start to work in the same way as the previous season.

"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. It is a massive challenge to work together again".

Spurs did not add a single player during the transfer window, sparking discontent from some of the club's supporters.

The venue of the match is at St James' Park.

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However, Just 149 seconds later the hosts restored parity when Joselu converted a wicked delivery from the impressive Matt Ritchie to send the Newcastle faithful into raptures.

The midfielder's winning goal, a back-post header from a Serge Aurier cross in front of the Gallowgate End, was not unlike the one he scored in the last-eight victory over Sweden.

With so many of his stars still involved during the latter stages of the World Cup, Pochettino was particularly pleased with the buzz about his side: "I told you in the press conference that numerous players returned in a good condition".

"They knew there was a chance that they would have to play today and they were very professional in the summer and today".

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

"There were a lot of positives to see the team fighting".

"The message we have tried to give is very clear - focus on the pitch, focus on football".

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