Newcastle United suffer unlucky defeat to Tottenham on opening day

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"At the end of the day, we kept the ball well". That's the next step. It was a very hard opponent for us. We want to achieve things.

Once the first game of the season has been played, always awesome how it feels like Newcastle United have never been away from your thoughts... "Hopefully, we can take that energy into the future because it's really good to be back here with the team after such a special win for my country".

Newcastle relied so much on their back four last season as the rock to build safety on, with two of them now on the injured list (Lejeune and Yedlin) fans are already wondering/worried about the "strength" of the squad.

But only captain Hugo Lloris got past that stage as France lifted the trophy - and the goalkeeper can sense his teammates' latest disappointment during the summer has only fuelled their desire for success.

England's skipper and Golden Boot victor at this year's World Cup was defended by Pochettino who said: " For me, he's in his best form. "All together, we must put in the right mentality, the experience that we shared in the last few seasons".

'I don't have any doubt that he's in his best form.

Vertonghen headed Spurs into an early lead - an advantage that was restored after 18 minutes by Dele Alli following Joselu's equaliser for the hosts.

"I'm a happy man with goal-line technology definitely", he said. "It's a great cross from Serge [Aurier]. The three points was important for us and if you consider all the circumstances our players deserve massive, massive credit for the victory".

Now Benitez has made a number of attacking signings in this summer's transfer window - including Salomon Rondon, Yoshinori Muto and Kenedy - he definitely has the ammunition to score goals week in, week out.

Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura have been handed starting roles in the final third, but there is no place for Danny Rose, who continues to be linked with a move away from the North London outfit.

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