Toby Alderweireld claimed the Manchester City defeat was tough to take but wants his Spurs team-mates to put it behind them.
“We’ve had a tough week of training hard, but the quality has to be better and we all know that,” he told Spurs‘ official website. “That’s why you play in pre-season. We don’t think ‘it’s pre-season, we don’t care’ – we do care.
“We now have two weeks to improve ourselves, to get to the level we were at last season and become even better. You don’t want to lose, of course, but we will learn and improve.
“Now we travel back, we’ll work hard and it’s one more pre-season game against Juventus next Saturday. We have to be ready when the Premier League starts.”
Eric Dier admitted Spurs still have plenty to work on before the Premier League season kicks off in two weeks.
“Obviously we’d like to win every game but sometimes you can’t and I think the most important thing is that the work rate’s high and we try to add some good performances,” he said to tottenhamhotspur.com
“Obviously you’d like to win every game because winning becomes a habit and we want to have that habit so obviously from that point of view it’s disappointing.”
“We’ve worked hard, but we know we’ve still got a lot to improve on and we’ve got two weeks to do that.”
Harry Kane reacted to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s comments that if he had to sign a ‘dream striker’ it would be the Spurs No.10.
“Obviously it’s kind words,” he said. £But I’m focused on my team and what my manager thinks.
“I’m out here concentrating on what I need to do, and being fit for the new season.”
Kane also agreed that there is work to be done as the days count down to the new season.
“It’s great to get the fitness in and that was my first 90 minutes, so that’s good,” he told Spurs’ official website.
“It’s obviously disappointing to lose and it shows we’ve still got a bit to work on before the start of the season. We can’t read too much into the results, win, lose or draw.
“We’ll keep working on what we need to work on, try to get fitter and be ready for Newcastle. That’s the target and it’s only a couple of weeks away now.
“We’ll keep working hard. It’s Juventus next weekend, another great game for us. It’s about getting fit and ready for that Newcastle game.”
Jan Vertonghen, meanwhile, believes the coming Premier League season will be the most competitive yet.
“It will definitely be the most competitive it has ever been, but, with their spending, a lot of pressure comes on teams,” he told reporters in Nashville.
“You’ve seen how much money has been spent and there’s still a month to go – it’s crazy. There are four or five teams who have to become champion now and that will put great pressure on them.
“That makes the Premier League the best league in the world to watch – and it’s a great thing to play in. And I’m happy everyone has strengthened their teams because that makes it so much better when you beat them.”
He added: “We have got a lot of pressure on our team as well.
“We want to do better than second and better than second is something else. We had a great season and now we have to make sure we beat those top teams away from home like we did at White Hart Lane.
“We have a great team, a young team, we have improved a lot. This looks like a pre-season where we finally have everyone, or almost everyone, together. We’ve been working on things the managers wants and I think we’ve seen lots of improvements already.”