Rafa - We Deserved More

Last updated : 15 August 2018 By Footy Mad - Editor

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez speaking to BBC Sport: "I think we deserved more. The team worked hard against a very good side. We conceded and reacted well, and then went a goal behind again and showed good fight."

Image result for NEWCASTLE 1 TOTTENHAM 2Asked about his team selection, Benitez added: "We had to give something to the players that have been training for one month so it was the right thing to do. Now we have more time, and everybody has to fight for their place. You cannot complain about Joselu's work rate, and he got a goal which helped the team.

"We tried to change something and then we had a chance when [Salomon] Rondon hit the crossbar, but you can see the new players will need some time to settle and understand their team-mates."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino speaking to BBC Sport: "To connect everything and start to mould the machine again was a massive challenge for everyone.

"The effort from the players was massive, it is not easy to provide them a good holiday and rest.

"I am happy in the way the players arrived after the holidays, and Dele [Alli] was one of them. He has been strong and focused and he has shown good quality today.

"It is important to be strong from the beginning and have belief and convey a positive message. The staff and the players need to stay together and the most important thing is the fans in a difficult time because we are going to move to a new stadium."

Dubravka, Yedlin (90+2), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Atsu 69), Shelvey, Diamé, Kenedy, Pérez (Muto 81),Joselu (Rondón 59)
Subs: Ki Sung-yueng, Schär, Manquillo, Darlow