Rose forgiven by Pochettino after apology over his blast at Spurs

Rafael Benitez tells players lack of transfers is no excuse for poor start

Rose forgiven by Pochettino after apology over his blast at Spurs

Harry Kane again recorded phenomenal goal-scoring stats last season, hitting 29 in 30 league appearances, providing seven assists to boot.

With days to go until the big kickoff, the meltdown is here.

"Danny apologised to the club, chairman, manager, team-mates and fans".

But now they are getting twitchy.

Instead they chose to only display the three goals they scored against Swansea last season.

However, United's manager has shielded his players.

Shape up or ship out: Moussa Sissoko. The Frenchman was a genuine threat on Wembley's big pitch and he showed real quality to step inside and curl a shot on to the post. The club is focused around a core of young, inexpensive, and extremely talented players, and there's a great deal of optimism about the Tottenham's overall direction.

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Spurs, despite an indifferent week, should head to Newcastle with confidence after beating Juventus 2-0 last Saturday.

"No I'm not backing them for the title this year", he told Dream Team at our live Q and A event.

Benitez clearly has great faith in Dummett but he will be eager to prove himself in the Premier League and coming up against a side that finished 2nd in the table last season will be a big early test of his credentials. Victor Wanyama featured briefly in a preseason friendly, but back strain kept him out otherwise.

Pochettino recognizes the need for additions.

It's said Inter are interested in signing the Ivory Coast global as part of a player-plus-cash deal including midfielder Joao Mario, although negotiations were purely over personal terms.

Injuries. Tottenham's first choice team is wonderful, they have the best back four in the league returning (minus Walker), and they should be able to hang with any team in the league.

Since arriving at Spurs from Southampton in 2014, Mauricio Pochettino has transformed the north London club both in their playing style and more importantly in their consistency to win football matches. And that's assuming he stays. If he hadn't lost six weeks to injury last October it is arguable that it would have been Spurs' name on the trophy instead of Chelsea's.

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You either love him or you hate him.

His apology came hot on the heels of a number of reports claiming that Rose's departure could provide a mass exodus of Tottenham's best players, who would all stand to earn considerably more away from north London. "This matter is not a problem for myself", Pochettino said. He is now recovering from double hip surgery.

The building work at the Lane also means that the club will play their home games at Wembley Stadium this season, and it remains to be seen what sort of impact that will have.

The other wildcard is Spurs' year at Wembley Stadium. As a striker, it's massively challenging as you're judged pretty quickly.

Everyone needs a year to adapt to the Premier League, particularly a style as particular and demanding as Pochettino's, and Janssen is still just 22.

Building his team around England stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli and, with Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Son Heung-Min all influential in their own right, Pochettino has assembled a group capable of beating any side in the country on their day.

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent.

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