Everton started their 2020/21 campaign in fine form, running out convincing 1-0 winners over Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspurs stadium today.
Carlo Ancelotti’s new look Toffees side started in excellent fashion and really should have taken the lead after 15 minutes through Richarlison, however, the Brazilian attacker lost both his footing and composure after rounding Spurs ‘keeper Hugo Lloris.
Despite Everton having the lions share of possession Spurs looked dangerous on the break, with Dele Alli forcing England teammate Jordan Pickford into a decent stop after being played in by Son.
Colombian superstar James Rodriguez then curled an effort just wide from the edge of the area, before fellow debutant Matt Doherty was denied by Pickford from close range after a classy chipped pass from Harry Kane.
Everton looked the more menacing at the beginning of the second period and they would make the breakthrough in the 53rd minute. Toffees striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin rising highest to meet an out swinging Lucas Digne free-kick and power home a bullet header.
What a header that is! ⚽
Digne sends in sumptuous free-kick and Calvert-Lewin gets above Dier to plant a bullet past Lloris!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 13, 2020
Despite Jose Mourinho emptying his bench and tweaking formation a couple of times, Spurs were unable to turn around what was a worryingly insipid second-half display as Everton held out for a deserved and impressive opening game win.
Speaking afterwards matchwinner Calvert-Lewin was delighted to see his side start the season with a rare win away to a top-six side.
“A very good start. We were looking to start well and build with a strong tempo,” the English striker told Sky Sports.
“Scoring is what I’m here to do. When you score and get the three points I’m happy.
“We’ve not long played together (with the new signings) so there’s more to come.”
High-profile summer signings Allan, James Rodriguez, and Abdoulaye Doucoure all performed well on their Toffees debut and Calvert-Lewin admitted the quality of his new teammates has given the club a big boost.
“You look at the quality that’s come in, it’s an instant uplift,” Calvert-Lewin continued.
”As a centre forward you look at the creativity – they’ve played at the top level. There should be chances this season and I need to be there.
“It was most important to get momentum today. We wanted to make a statement. It’s important we don’t get carried away, it’s something to build on.”
Next up for the Toffees is a Carabao Cup clash with the Class of 92’s Salford City on Wednesday night, before a home Premier League clash with newly-promoted West Brom next week.