The summer transfer window officially closed on August 9th and Newcastle United managed to secure the arrivals of two former loanees and five new players.
Kane has now played nearly 1,000 minutes of Premier League football in August, leading many to question why anyone would select Kane before September rolls around.
Three goals in seven first half minutes opened the first Saturday of the new season in style. "There's massive competition between them and I'm going to rotate in the next few weeks, trying to give the possibility to all the players to play and be important".
Not to be outdone at the other end, Lloris stood up well to block Ayoze Perez's shot.
Fellow semi-finalist Jan Vertonghen and World Cup victor Hugo Lloris also make an appearance as Pochettino opts against easing some of his star men back into action.
"The staff and the players need to stay together and the most important thing is the fans in a hard time because we are going to move to a new stadium".
Even so, against lesser oppositions, Benitez's side will need to be more forceful and look to dominate the midfield engine room.
In the event, Vertonghen's contribution did not prove decisive at St James' Park as Joselu levelled within three minutes, and it took Dele Alli's 18th-minute back-post header to win it in a lively start on Tyneside.
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The home side gradually settled into the game after a whirlwind opening half-hour, but with Diame in particular guilty of repeatedly squandering the ball, they struggled to build momentum and Sanchez might have deepened their woes with a glancing 38th-minute header which flew across the face of goal.
Their glee did not last long, with Alli arriving at the back post to head in Serge Aurier's deep cross for what proved to be the victor.
Benitez added: "You could see our team spirit and work-rate, and with the chances we created, we deserved something from the game".