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. It was not always pretty but sometimes results have to be ground out. Not many teams will come to Newcastle and take all three points.
As expected, many of the World Cup stars looked undercooked, having had little proper rest or preseason training. In particular, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Eric Dier were all below their best as Spurs struggled to turn possession into dominance.
Manager rating out of 10
7 -- Mauricio Pochettino would probably have preferred to give more of his Russia 2018 players longer to get fit before throwing them into a competitive fixture but, given the lack of options and need for Spurs to make a strong start to the season, his hands were tied. Pochettino got his tactics just about right, though Serge Aurier's defensive weaknesses might have suggested he was better off bringing in Toby Alderweireld and playing a back five.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Hugo Lloris, 7 -- Had little chance with Newcastle's goal but otherwise showed good command of his area, coming out decisively on several occasions to make timely interceptions. His main weakness continues to be his distribution, which frequently puts his defenders under pressure.
DF Serge Aurier, 6 -- With Kieran Trippier rested, Aurier started and always looked a threat going forward; his cross to the back post for Alli's header was sublime. Defensively, though, he was less than secure and Newcastle frequently got behind him.
DF Davinson Sanchez, 7 -- A lapse of concentration allowed Joselu a free header for Newcastle to equalise but, that apart, the Colombian international was solid and always quick to spot danger. Sanchez also posed a genuine threat at the other end from Eriksen's corners.
DF Jan Vertonghen, 8 -- Spurs' man of the match started this season where he finished last: On top of his game. He must have been tired from a summer of football but scored the opener -- his first Premier League goal for five seasons -- and made a crucial block to prevent Salomon Rondon equalising.
DF Ben Davies, 7 -- A curiously quiet game from one of the few players to have the benefit of a summer break. Was always solid in defence but made few efforts to get forward and provide width down the left flank.
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