Tottenham held by Newcastle

Tottenham faced off with Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.

Spurs headed into the clash knowing a victory would see them climb above Chelsea – who lost to West Brom on Saturday – and into the Champions League places.

However, despite being in decent form domestically, things did not go to plan for Spurs.

Joelinton would hand Newcastle the advantage at St James’ Park 28 minutes in.

A quick-fire brace from Harry Kane less than 10 minutes later saw Spurs take the lead heading into the break.

However, a late striker from Arsenal’s Joe Willock, currently on loan at Newcastle, forced Spurs to settle for a share of the spoils on Sunday.

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Why Alderweireld and Aurier missed out vs Newcastle

Barring Harry Kane, Spurs were pretty poor all round against the Magpies, especially defensively.

Sergio Reguilon, Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld and Japhet Tanganga made up a fairly young Spurs’ backline on Sunday which, for the most part, was all over the place.

As a result, Tottenham fans were likely wondering where both Toby Alderwireld and Serge Aurier were on Sunday, with both omitted from the matchday squad.

Jose Mourinho, speaking post-match, has since provided an explanation for the pair’s absence, confirming that they were only back in training on Saturday as they didn’t have Covid tests in time to train on Thursday or Friday:

“They were fit, yeah. But they report for training only yesterday and they went for their national teams and they didn’t make the Covid tests on time to be in the training session on Thursday, not even on Friday, they come only yesterday. But did we lose matches with them or with them we were a perfect team defensively?”

Every word Jose Mourinho just said about Toby Alderweireld and Serge Aurier’s absence, mistakes in defence and from players like Son and Lamela, breaking down both Newcastle goals and not wanting to share his opinion on why Spurs are throwing away points.

— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) April 4, 2021

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