Rafa Benitez says what cost Newcastle after Spurs defeat

Taylor Byrd
August 14, 2017

Rafa Benitez's side had managed to keep Spurs during a tight first-half at St James Park and came out for the second half hoping to cause an upset against the team that finished second last season.

"We knew it was going to be a physical game".

Javier Manquillo and Florian Lejeune are both in the starting team for the home side this morning, while Christian Atsu is also named in the team, following his permanent move from Chelsea during the summer transfer window.

Newcastle fans have been left anxious after their new centre-back Florian Lejeune had his Premier League debut cut short following a nasty tackle from Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba were brought on to replace the defenders.

While Spurs controlled the majority of the possession, they failed to create any real goal threats in the first half.

Manchester City kicked off their English Premier League (EPL) football season with a 2-0 away victory over newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium. Newcastle went down to 10 men as Shelvey needlessly stepped on Dele Alli's ankle; the step was evidently intentional as Shelvey attempted to fetch the ball off the Tottenham man, having drawn the foul.

Kane was denied his 100th goal for Spurs by the foot of the post in the 90th minute. Dele Alli bagged the opener, on the stretch, the midfielder put the ball into the back of the net with an hour played.

"You learn from great performances but you learn a lot more from games like that".

Harry Kane leads the line, while Eric Dier - who has previously played at full-back - and Mousa Dembele play in central midfield.

The injuries will add further frustration to Benitez who has clearly stated his problems over the lack of signings and fit squad members.

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