Pochettino: Spurs deserved a third

13 August 2017 11:49:08 EST

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says that Spurs thoroughly deserved their opening day win and 3-0 would have been a fair reflection on the game.

Spurs won 2-0 at newly promoted Newcastle who had Jonjo Shelvey sent off on their return to the top flight.

If Harry Kane had scored to make it 3-0 at the end, that would have been a bit more fair.

Mauricio Pochettino

Second half goals from Dele Alli and Ben Davies gave Spurs all three points and, according to Pochettino, it was the least they deserved.

He told BBC Sport: "We knew how they play, so narrow and deep. It was difficult to move the ball quickly. We had control and we were helped by the red card but I think we deserved to win the game.

"It was not easy to find the space and create chances. It's important to improve. In a stadium that doesn't have good memories for us, it was important to win. It was a clear red card.

"If Harry Kane had scored to make it 3-0 at the end, that would have been a bit more fair."

Kane continued his record of never having scored for Spurs in the league in August but he won't care too much as his side got off to the perfect start.

Shelvey was shown a straight red card for a stamp on Alli and the England midfielder made the home side pay on 61 minutes, scoring from close range.

Davies secured the points nine minutes later, getting on the end of an excellent move to finish off.

Rafa Benitez's side struggled to create much in front of goal and had just six shots compared to Spurs’ 18.

So Tottenham, 33/1 to win the Champions League this season, begin with a win and they will hope to make it two from two when they take on Chelsea next Sunday.

The game is taking place at Wembley, Spurs' temporary home this season and Pochettino's side are 23/20 for the win.

Chelsea, without Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas, both dismissed in their shock home defeat to Burnley, are 27/10 with the draw priced at 12/5.

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