Tottenham win first game of the season against Newcastle

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Dele Alli says Tottenham knew they would have to keep their cool against a Newcastle team trying to drag them into "a battle" during their opening game of the Premier League season. "Remember last season we talked a lot about that, how we need to improve, to behave and learn".

He told Sky Sports: "It's one of those things but he's a great player and I'm sure he's going to be disappointed. We kept the ball moving, which was hard at times, but I don't want to talk about it too much". With the ball in the middle sometimes you can't see, with or without the ball in another way. He's so mature enough now to accept sometime all that happens on the pitch.

The Citizens then padded their lead when Brighton's Lewis Dunk scored an own-goal just five minutes later. I'm very happy and very pleased.

Spurs' lack of transfer business has come under the spotlight but Pochettino was upbeat about the club's chances of strengthening their squad before the window closes at the end of the month. Dele Alli bagged the opener, on the stretch, the midfielder put the ball into the back of the net with an hour played. The England worldwide is yet to score a Premier League goal in the month of August since his Spurs debut.




"He was fantastic", Pochettino added.

Pochettino, however, admitted his side had found it hard to break Rafael Benitez's men up until that point: "We knew how they play, so narrow and deep".

Benitez recalled: "When Newcastle went down last time, they had some good players but they did not have a team".

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