Rose forgiven by Pochettino after apology over his blast at Spurs


Rose forgiven by Pochettino after apology over his blast at Spurs

Tottenham - who finished runners-up to Chelsea last season - open their campaign at newly-promoted Newcastle United on Sunday.

There was an air of high enthusiasm about Newcastle on Sunday.

Spurs, despite an indifferent week, should head to Newcastle with confidence after beating Juventus 2-0 last Saturday.

"I just read it the way you did, I just read but Danny Rose is a Spurs player and it is not my problem at all". Injuries forced Pochettino to plug a couple holes however.

"We have a very confident team who are ready to challenge again for a big season, but it's true we have the responsibility to try to provide some new energy every season". If the latter fails to make it, there should be a start for Harry Winks, with Eric Dier slotting in at right-back.

The first half was scrappy and disjointed as both teams showed plenty of endeavour but neither created too many clear chances.

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Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez questioned whether that was more risky than Harry Kane's scissor tackle on Florian Lejeune, which resulted in the debutant being withdrawn through injury and was only met with a booking. [1.99] looks more than fair.

Not long after that, Spurs took the lead.

From there, Tottenham cruised. Offensively, Tottenham will depend on Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son to score goals, with Christian Eriksen providing service.

The pattern of the rest of the game was dictated by the dismissal of Shelvey in the 48th minute.

However, former Tottenham manager David Pleat warned Rose over his recent comments.

'Because to make Wembley home and to change the perception from the fans and feel in the end that Wembley can help us to be better and achieve our dream is a big, big job'. That they haven't signed any players this summer, nor won a trophy since 2008, is a sign of something important missing to their current identity - a sense of grittiness and hardline determination, perhaps. "I don't know exactly when but I will get back up north and play some football somewhere", Rose said. Paolo Maldini used to say that if he had to make a tackle, he'd already made a mistake: Alli might have a similar motto, that if he has to make a hard finish, he has not positioned himself correctly.