Tottenham win first game of the season against Newcastle


Much of the team that started on Sunday were stalwarts from Tottenham's most successful Premier League campaign ever last season.

Rafael Benitez has claimed that Harry Kane's tackle on Florian Lejeune in Newcastle United's 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur was worse than Jonjo Shelvey's stamp on Dele Alli.

Jacob Murphy and Mikel Merino are named among the substitutes on the bench, but could make their debuts for Newcastle.

Christian Atsu takes on Kyle Walker-Peters.

Heung-Min Son, Vincent Janssen, Kevin Wimmer and Harry Winks are also substitutes.

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With the hosts sitting deep and attempting to maintain their shape, Spurs dominated possession as Christian Eriksen, seemingly in perpetual motion, orchestrated proceedings with the help of Mousa Dembele, Alli and pantomime villain Moussa Sissoko, who was booed at every touch on his return to St James' Park. Subs: Darlow, Lascelles, Mbemba, Murphy, Aarons, Merino, Mitrovic.

- Tottenham has won 29 of its last 31 Premier League games against newly promoted sides, drawing the other two. I think we were defending well.

Alli was booed as he made way for Victor Wanyama in the 82nd minute and Kane was unable to rub salt into Newcastle's wounds when his fierce strike cannoned back off the upright in stoppage time, meaning his August Premier League drought extends to 11 games, but Shelvey's moment of madness had already proved the Magpies' undoing. They were fantastic last year supporting the team and they will be the same this year.

Were you talking about yourself Jonjo?

"We have an idea how to attack and how to defend, but football is football".