Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
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Spurs boss Pochettino reacts to Rose axing

Spurs boss Pochettino reacts to Rose axing

Jan Vertonghen (9/10): Once again led from the front as he not only scored the opening goal but also marshalled his side quite well.

Spurs regained their lead in a topsy-turvy opening, as Aurier's risky cross from deep on the right was nodded back across goal and into the corner by Alli, who scored in the 2-0 win at St James' Park on the opening day of last season.

The "Neptune Green" colour, which Harry Kane & Co. will be sporting a few times this term, is inspired by "the original Charrington's Brewery logo, the company that originally owned part of the land where the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been built", according to a news release.

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

"It's a long season and we've got to improve". This was an early game a year ago, and Spurs got a couple of late goals, but I feel they'll find it hard due to the World Cup.

Tottenham had the majority of possession in the first half but couldn't force a two-goal cushion, with defender Sanchez coming closest from a glancing header wide from an Eriksen corner. However, he still leaves the feeling that there is a far better footballer hidden away than the one so often on view.

MF Eric Dier, 6 - In control for the first 45 minutes but seemed to tire badly in the second half, when he was caught out of position on several occasions.

Still, Spurs could not have asked for more here.

Davinson Sanchez (7/10): Grew into the game following an terrible start.

Lucas Moura (6/10): Another disappointing outing from the former PSG starlet, who is still yet to sort his feet out in the English Premier League. Newcastle were mediocre in the first half, but looked like a unsafe side in the final 45 minutes. Whipped in some risky crosses from dead-ball situations but was otherwise easily contained.

And speaking about Harry Kane, the Argentine was quick to rush to the defence of his star man after he appeared to go missing for spells of the game.

For only the second time in Premier League history, Newcastle haven't named a debutant in their starting XI on the opening day.

In fact, he made the most number of defensive actions than any other player in the game with five tackles, three interceptions and ten clearances. Despite the rumours of a move during the transfer window, he looks committed to the cause. At the age of 28, he will be looking to have his most productive Premier League season and Saturday was the flawless start.

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