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3 talking points from Everton’s sleek win over Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur suffered an opening day defeat to the hands of Everton in the Premier League at their home stadium.

Carlo Ancelotti claimed success over Jose Mourinho at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday evening with a 1-0 win in favour of Everton. The Merseyside outfit came into the match being second favourite but a header from Dominic Calvert-Lewin was enough for the side in a match that had a number of missed chances.

Mourinho would have wished for a better start for his side this season, but they were deserved losers despite looking much better than in previous months. There were several debutants on the pitch on an evening where both teams played their first official fixture of the season. Matt Doherty and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg got careers underway for the Lilywhites while Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan and James Rodriguez, all played for the Toffees.

Here’s a look at the three talking points from an interesting fixture:

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Jose Mourinho’s first couple of months as Tottenham manager were marred by injuries to most of his squad. However, he had a fully fit roster to his disposal. The likes of Ben Davies and Eric Dier added good value to the side and even Harry Kane and Heung-min Son looked decent, though they were missing in front of goal.

Matt Doherty and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also did decent jobs on their respective debuts. The former Wolverhampton defender provided good support going forward and was also good whilst tracking back. The Dane on the other hand did well in a double pivot beside Harry Winks, contributing defensively and offensively, to good measure.