Tottenham win first game of the season against Newcastle

Benitez ‘We are not demanding crazy things

He told Sky Sports: "It's one of those things but he's a great player and I'm sure he's going to be disappointed".

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has explained what he thinks cost his side the game, after the Magpies suffered an opening day 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, according to local outlet the Newcastle Chronicle.

However, he has been given the nod to start against his former club, on the right-hand side of a midfield triumvirate alongside Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli. He was later joined on the bench by Florian Lejeune following a heavy challenge from Harry Kane that resulted in a booking for the Spurs striker.

After just a few minutes of playing time, left-back Paul Dummett was seen clutching his hamstring and was substituted for skipper Jamaal Lascelles, while Lejeune was replaced by Chancel Mbemba. However, Newcastle were resolute in their two banks of four, with Spurs struggling to create chances despite their dominance.

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.

The game was in dire need of something to liven the affair up, and it didn't take long into the second half for this to happen.

Dele Alli scores past Rob Elliot.

Alli - admonished by Pochettino for losing his temper in previous seasons - kept his cool when trodden on by Jonjo Shelvey, an offence that earned the Newcastle captain a 48th-minute red card. We believe he will come back stronger.

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