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(D. Sanchez) J. Vertonghen        8'
11'     Joselu (M. Ritchie)
(S. Aurier) D. Alli        18'
(Roughing) E. Dier        42'
58'     Joselu (Roughing)
59'     S. Rondon (Joselu)
(Holding) H. Kane        68'
(Lucas) M. Dembele        68'
69'     C. Atsu (M. Ritchie)
(D. Alli) Son Heung-Min        80'
81'     Y. Muto (A. Perez)
(E. Dier) L. Amos        88'
90+4'     M. Diame (Roughing)

Mauricio Pochettino "proud" of returning Tottenham Hotspur players

Pochettino
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has no complaints about the fitness of those who returned to training earlier this week.

Mauricio Pochettino has said that he is extremely happy with the condition of his returning World Cup players ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's season opener against Newcastle United.

The Lilywhites had nine players involved in the latter stages of the competition - more than any other top-flight side - and did not welcome them back to pre-season training until Monday.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld and Hugo Lloris are all considered doubtful for Saturday lunchtime's meeting with Newcastle, but Pochettino has no complaints about their fitness.

"I am so happy in the way they come back to training on Monday. I am really, really, really, really, really happy," he told reporters at his pre-match press conference. "I am so proud about them because they were very focused on trying to arrive in a very good condition.

"Of course the circumstances are completely different from each other, and the profiles of the players are completely different. Some need more time to get fit than others. That's normal. Some players will be fit to start the game.

"Some will be fit to be on the bench. Maybe some players will stay here to try to reach the level, to give more time, for different reasons - because maybe we don't want to take risks, because they need more preparation, because the background or history of their injuries is different.

"That is why for us it's so important for us to be right in our judgement now and take the best decision and then to provide the team a very good balance to try to be competitive against Newcastle. We're going to be competitive. I promise you I'm so happy in the way everyone came back, so focused, so happy to join us again."

Tottenham made history by failing to sign a single player during the summer transfer window, which closed on Thursday evening.

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane in action during the Premier League clash with Newcastle United at Wembley on May 13, 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Arsenal970222111121
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester94051515012
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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