Pochettino hints Brexit influenced Spurs' lack of transfers

Tottenham news Hugo Lloris

Tottenham news Hugo Lloris

But five of them started the match, while Mousa Dembele came off the bench, and first-half goals from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli secured a 2-1 triumph on Tyneside.

Spurs regained their lead in a topsy-turvy opening, as Aurier's risky cross from deep on the right was nodded back across goal and into the corner by Alli, who scored in the 2-0 win at St James' Park on the opening day of last season.

Mauricio Pochettino is happy with Tottenham's squad and praised the club for keeping Harry Kane as he hinted at Brexit and Spurs' new stadium being to blame for no new signings. Their best fell to new loan signing Salomon Rondon but his shot deflected onto the crossbar when he was played through.

"It's a position I like to get in", Alli said.

"If you put all the circumstances together, our players deserve massive, massive credit for the victory because it wasn't easy", he added.

Although it's a risk getting rid of Rose for the season with no back up in place, it's a move that needs to happen, more so for Rose's sake rather than the club itself. Meanwhile his Magpies posted a net transfer profit of £20 million, despite the arrival of seven new signings, the most expensive of which, Japanese worldwide forward Yoshinori Muto, cost £9.5m from German side Mainz. "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", he said.

Three goals in seven first half minutes opened the first Saturday of the new season in style.

"It's true that, for me, winning the World Cup brought a lot of positive energy, a lot of energy for the future to keep the same mentality, keep working hard, keep leading the team". There's massive competition between them and I'm going to rotate in the next few weeks, trying to give the possibility to all the players to play and be important. "He has been strong and focused and he has shown good quality today".

Spurs earn the three points in their aqua jerseys to start the season.