Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Tottenham win first game of the season against Newcastle

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger and Arsenal legend Martin Keown on the touchline during the Charity football match between Arsenal Legends and Milan Glorie at The Emirates Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Martin Keown
Kristopher Love | 13 August, 2017, 19:04

The Spaniard stated Kane's scything first-half tackle on debutant Lejeune, which forced the Frenchman off with an injury and only received a yellow card, was the worst action of the match.

Rafa Benitez brought on Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba as replacements for the two defenders.

The Magpies, promoted as winners of the Championship last term, had captain Jonjo Shelvey sent off early in the second half for standing on Dele Alli. The Dane's pass by met by an on rushing Alli who slotted past Rob Elliot.

Onlookers took note of his display, including outspoken pundit Collymore, who told on his personal Twitter account that Manchester City sign him for a huge £60million next summer, which will then see him replaced by "Kyle Walker-Peters-Smith" in the Tottenham team.

The combative midfielder was trying to get the ball back quickly, Alli moved it away and Shelvey reacted by treading on Alli's ankle.

If Pochettino needs to change things at St. James' Park, he can turn to Cameron Carter-Vickers, while Victor Wanyama and Heung-Min Son are also amongst the options on the bench.

Spurs have now won 13 of their past 14 Premier League games, winning each of their past four and scoring 17 goals in the process. Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli support Harry Kane. Great stuff and Spurs are on their way to an opening day win.

Benitez had admitted in the run-up to the game that his players would have to battle for their lives throughout the entire campaign, and they did just that before Shelvey's premature exit.