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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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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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