Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli insists that his side "have got to improve" following their 2-1 victory over Newcastle United. The second half was back and forth with great saves and great chances for both teams.
The visitors took an eighth-minute lead when Christian Eriksen's corner was headed towards goal by Davinson Sanchez, allowing fellow defender Vertonghen to find the net off the underside of the bar with a deft glancing header which crossed the line before Martin Dubravka was able to claw the ball back.
"I told them yesterday for me it's like we start from zero", Spurs manager Pochettino said.More news: Sea-Tac Airport Issues Statement After 'Suicidal Male' Crashes Plane
With no new faces joining the squad in the summer, Pochettino and his team are under pressure to get off to a good start to the season in order to justify stasis during the transfer window.
Who would have thought that the Premier League would be so conscious about the benefits of recycling? It sounds insane but we defended well with the ball.
Three goals in seven first half minutes opened the first Saturday of the new season in style.
Substitute Rondon nearly snatched a point five minutes from time when his shot hit Vertonghen and looped over Lloris, only for the ball to come back off the crossbar.More news: Star Trek 4 In Trouble?
"If we are happy with our squad and can not improve our squad, sometimes it's better to keep our squad together".
An outside shout for the World Cup, Jonjo Shelvey was again among Newcastle's brightest players, while Jamaal Lascelles was solid yet not outstanding.
Meanwhile Tottenham, fielding several of their World Cup stars including England's Harry Kane and Dele Alli, grew stronger as the game progressed.
One for the future in Luke Amos, perhaps; the 21-year-old made his Premier League debut, coming on for the final few minutes.More news: Cam Jordan calls Donald Trump a 'Goober' for anthem tweets
Rose, who was linked with a move away from White Hart Lane this summer, and Trippier are thought to have been allowed more time to fully recover and prepare for the new season.