After coming away with a point from an extremely tough test against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday, Spurs now have a much easier fixture on paper to look forward to this Sunday as Newcastle United visit the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
The Magpies have lost both of their opening two Premier League games since replacing Rafa Benitez with Steve Bruce in the summer, a decision that didn’t go down well with the St. James’ Park faithful.
Bruce has admitted that he already finds himself under pressure and needs to quickly turn the results around in order to end the negativity around the club.
Speaking to The Independent, Bruce said: “After two games there is a so-called mini crisis. Everything is over sensationalised.
“There’s always a storm in Newcastle. At the minute we’re in one. The only way I can shut a few people up is by getting results. The buck stops with me.”
The 58-year-old also hinted at possible changes ahead of the game against Spurs and admitted that he is still trying to integrate the new players into the system.
He said, “We may tinker a bit and change a couple of things. It’s too early to change formations.
“It’s new for Joe (record signing, Joelinton ), it’s new for four or five players.
“Given time, we hope they can forge some sort of relationship. For Almiron, we’re working on getting him higher up the pitch and into a goal-scoring position.”
Bruce is under no illusions about the tough test his team will face on Sunday but he is hopeful that Newcastle could come away with a result.
He added, “They’re a very, very good side. We’re under no illusions as to how difficult it will be, but hopefully, it’s just the right type of game for us.
“We know we’ll have to play well to get anything at all – far better than we did last week.”
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Bruce would likely have studied the Villa game closely and will come in with a similar game plan by looking to sit deep and stifle Tottenham. An early goal will be extremely welcome as it will take the pressure of the team and force the visitors to come forward a bit more.
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