Pochettino: Some Spurs stars may need two months to get fit
Goals from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli, either side of a Joselu strike, put Tottenham 2-1 ahead inside the opening 18 minutes before they held on for three precious points despite Newcastle hitting the woodwork twice.
‘I think I am so proud, Pochettino told Sky Sports. ‘I think the performances with all the circumstance was fantastic, brilliant. We played a very good team, Newcastle.
‘With all the circumstance in preparing for the game only we can say it was brilliant. We can do better, we need to play better, be more consistent, not allow the opponent to create so many chances.
‘It was a massive challenge to get organised in a few days to prepare for the game and I am not going to complain. We need to take that, try to be clever and learn.’
The manager added: ‘I think it was fantastic. I said during the week I was so happy with all the players arriving from holidays, he was one of them.
While Alli excelled, England team-mate Harry Kane looked a little sluggish.
Some players will be 100 per cent in a few weeks, others maybe two months. We are trying to understand and give them the help to improve but football is squad game.’