After a dormant transfer window in which no players were bought or sold, Spurs needed to make an early statement that the current squad can press on and challenge and trophies; as such, this win will have eased nerves and silenced some doubters.
Hugo Lloris (7.5/10): Wasn't as impressive as his counterpart Martin Dubravka, making just one save throughout the game.
The only surprise was that, after Alli's 18th-minute strike that turned out to be the victor, there was no further scoring with both goalkeepers, Slovak Martin Dubravka and Frenchman Hugo Lloris, forced to make a string of impressive saves. Goal-line technology is required for this one. "The three points was important for us and if you consider all the circumstances our players deserve massive, massive credit for the victory".
"So many goals I've scored have been taken away from me".
"If you cannot add players who can improve your squad, the most important thing is to make sure you do not lose your best player". His tally of six clearances was also most by any outfield player barring the defenders.
On how people interpreted his comments at the end of last season, Pochettino added: "I am responsible for what I told you or what I tell you but I can not be responsible for what you believe that I wanted to tell you".
Christian Eriksen (8/10): Although a tentative figure for a large part of the game, Eriksen once again made a big impact thanks to his proficiency from set-pieces. He said: "It was a scrappy game".
This year's ICC tournament was the event's first in which all clubs' games played across multiple continents were included into one table.
Possession was Tottenham 60% Newcastle 40%.
Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs were rarely at their fluent best - fatigue possibly a factor for the five World Cup semi-finalists in his starting XI - and Mohamed Diame and new signing Salomon Rondon were denied by the post and crossbar as Newcastle chased a second equaliser in vain.
Mousa Dembele (6/10): Brought stability in midfield after replacing the ineffective Lucas Moura in the 68th minute.
MF Son Heung-Min, NR - Looked lively in his short time on the pitch and Spurs will miss him when he goes off to play for South Korea in the Asia Cup.