The club played all their home fixtures at Wembley a year ago but had planned that their new stadium would be open in time for their first home fixture of the 2018-19 season after they requested dispensation from the Premier League to play three of their first four league matches away from home. Dormant in the transfer window but rampant in Russian Federation, with nine of their squad reaching the World Cup semi-finals or better, Spurs are trusting that a transformative experience can transform their season.
"But you could say the England and Belgium players have got back with more hunger because they were so close to the final and the most important trophy of their careers".
However, the Argentinian saluted his players for refusing to be distracted and called on supporters and the squad to stay together.
"Yes, many good performances from players that were very professional during their holidays". "We don't get caught up in what's going on around [us]. I was really happy to be back with the [Tottenham] team and it's a good feeling, especially after the win".
"If we want to win and challenge for big things we need to all put our minds and energy into the collective and understand that the collective is the most important".
The Colombian's header down was met at the far post by Vertonghen under pressure from Paul Dummett and the ball ricocheted down from the crossbar, with referee Martin Atkinson awarding the goal after being alerted that the ball had crossed the line.
So when you take a step back and look at the overall picture, we have kept everyone who kept us up last season, got two new strikers, gained more defensive cover and got rid of fringe players.
"The window is closed so it's clear that we can't change anything now", he said.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said: "We know this will be disappointing for all our season tickets holders, premium members and our fans worldwide".
He had a balanced view on the whole game as he said: "We deserved at least a draw, we were fighting until the end and had chances in the second-half". He worked a lot for the team. "We reacted well and never gave up".