Dominic Calvert-Lewin produced the purpose and James Rodriguez offered the spark in his debut as Everton opened its Premier League season with a 1-Zero win at Tottenham.
Calvert-Lewin rose above defenders Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld to satisfy Lucas Digne’s free kick and energy a header previous goalkeeper Hugo Lloris 10 minutes into the second half.
“This sport informed us we are able to compete with everybody,” Everton supervisor Carlo Ancelotti stated after main the Merseyside membership to its first away win at Tottenham since 2008.
Everton had squandered a far simpler likelihood to take the lead within the first half when Richarlison missed an open purpose. The Brazilian sprinted onto Ben Davies’ misplaced backward move and rounded Lloris, however scooped a shot over an unprotected web from a decent angle.
At the least Richarlison was getting near scoring.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane was ineffective in entrance of purpose, with solely two touches within the Everton penalty space.
It was the primary time Tottenham supervisor Jose Mourinho — who has beforehand managed Chelsea and Manchester United — misplaced his opening match of a Premier League season, having been unable to signal a backup choice to Kane.
“Our stress up [front] was very, very poor,” stated Mourinho, who completed sixth in his partial first season at Tottenham.
“It was a lazy stress and when you have got lazy stress you let opponents construct from the again.”
James Rodriguez motion
Mourinho revealed coronavirus — which stored followers out of stadiums — has had a better impression on the squad than beforehand disclosed.
“Harry Kane educated with us as soon as … Moussa Sissoko, a pair,” Mourinho stated.
“We have now the appropriate to not say which gamers had been, however we had gamers with constructive COVID. We had different gamers in quarantine as a consequence of proximity with constructive gamers.
“We had a participant in quarantine as a result of he was on vacation in a rustic that England quarantined. We had nationwide groups, couple of weeks the place the gamers, lots of them they went to nationwide groups.
“So, the preseason was a troublesome preseason for lots of the gamers and I could not anticipate them to be sharp, intense, agile.”
Everton’s largest signing of the curtailed summer time break was James Rodriguez from Actual Madrid, the place he fell out of favour.
And the Colombian midfielder was sharp on his debut — in solely his second match since February — on the coronary heart of the attacking risk and pinging balls with precision.
One other participant who has been reunited with Ancelotti — Allan, who joined from Napoli — was additionally dominant in midfield towards an ineffective Tottenham.
It was the primary time Everton has gained away at one of many top-six sides since 2013.
The victory was an indication of Everton’s potential to have the ability to break into the European locations in Ancelotti’s first full season in control of a group he dragged away from relegation hazard right into a 12th-place end in July.
“Our goal is to struggle to achieve European positions,” Ancelotti stated.
“We began nicely … the issue that we had final season was that numerous instances we had been up and down.”
Leicester additionally off to shiny begin
There was additionally a debut to recollect for Timothy Castagne at Leicester.
A defensive signing from Atalanta, Castagne made an impression on the different finish by heading in a cross from fellow Belgian Dennis Praet within the 56th minute to set Leicester on its method to a 3-Zero victory over promoted West Bromwich Albion.
“He defended nicely, attacked and … he’ll run all day and appears to get within the field,” Leicester supervisor Brendan Rodgers stated.
Jamie Vardy then netted two penalties in 10 minutes — the primary after the striker was pulled again by Kyle Bartley and the second after James Justin was introduced down by Dara O’Shea.
Vardy scored 23 instances final season to complete because the Premier League’s prime scorer.
“There are a lot of prime strikers at this degree however any group would need somebody like him in there,” Rodgers stated. “He is tremendous cool, scientific and has nonetheless acquired tempo and working capacity … It is an awesome begin for him to attain two targets and superb for the group.”
West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone denied Harvey Barnes and Vardy, whereas Matheus Pereira noticed a low effort saved by Kasper Schmeichel within the first half. However a low-key sport sparked into life after 56 minutes as Leicester grabbed the opener to take management.