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Mauricio Pochettino: 'I am proud of my players'

Pochettino: 'I am proud of my players'
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino declares himself "proud" of the way that his players held on for victory against Newcastle United.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has declared himself "proud" of the way that his players held on for victory against Newcastle United.

Defender Jan Vertonghen opened the scoring with a header that needed goal-line technology to be confirmed, before England international Dele Alli restored the visitors' lead following Joselu's equaliser for the Magpies.

All three goals came inside the first 20 minutes at St James' Park, and despite late pressure from Rafael Benitez's side - including two shots that hit the frame of the goal - Spurs held on for the three points.

"I am so proud of the performance in the circumstances," Pochettino told Sky Sports News. "Newcastle are a very good team and they had some chances to score more than one, but sometimes in football you need some luck as well as effort.

"With all of the circumstances, we prepared for the game with a lot of players that only started training on Monday.

"We can do better, of course, and be more consistent but it was a massive challenge to connect everything and prepare in the few days we had. I am not going to complain and we have to learn to be clever. It is a massive challenge to work together again."

Tottenham's victory over Newcastle was the second in succession on the opening day of a season.

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Rafael Benitez in charge of Newcastle United on May 13, 2018
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1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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