Mohamed Diame rattled the post early in the second half and a desperate challenge from Belgium centre-back Vertonghen, one of five World Cup semi-finalists in the Tottenham starting XI, denied Newcastle substitute Salomon Rondon a debut goal as his shot spun against the crossbar. Tottenham looked like the more dominant side for most of the first half as they maintained more possession, created more scoring chances and found the back of the net on two occasions.
"If we are happy with our squad and can not improve our squad, sometimes it's better to keep our squad together".
"There were many good performances from players that were very professional during their holidays".
'He worked a lot for the team and I'm sure that he's going to score. "Some people make a drama in football and drama for me is another thing", Pochettino said.
The Frenchman was fortunate, however, as Kenedy's control let the Brazilian down at a crucial point, when a more assured first touch would have put the on-loan Chelsea midfielder in on goal.
"Score or not score, I don't have doubts about this".
On how people interpreted his comments at the end of last season, Pochettino added: "I am responsible for what I told you or what I tell you but I can not be responsible for what you believe that I wanted to tell you".
"I think all the squad showed their commitment with the club, with the team".
This year's ICC tournament was the event's first in which all clubs' games played across multiple continents were included into one table.
Spurs got their season off to a flying start early on, as Davinson Sanchez flicked on a Christian Eriksen corner into the path of Vertonghen, who diverted the ball just nine millimetres over the line following a Goal-line Decision System review.
"Of course we didn't sell players and with 25 players in the squad it's hard to add".