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Spurs go down to Everton, Chelsea off the mark & more – Premier League Gameweek Roundup

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After a thrilling matchday to kick off the new campaign, our attention now turned to The Hawthorns. West Bromich Albion made a come back to the Premier League after two seasons in the championship against Leicester city. West Brom could not capitalize on a dominant start to the game as they failed to turn chances into goals.

The game remained scrappy and drab as both team resorted to fouls and physicality. Leicester however finally found the breakthrough when debutante Timothy Castagne rose high to score from a Dennis Praet cross. Leicester took control of the game from here as golden boot winner Jamie Vardy converted two penalties in the latter stages of the game to complete an ultimately comfortable victory for the foxes.

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Spurs vs Everton roundup- Premier League Gameweek 1

The second match of the evening brought into focus two teams of significant  stature. Tottenham Hotspurs hosted Everton at their newly built Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London. This game had a lot of subplots. Everton had appointed world renowned manager Carlo Ancelotti midway through the previous season following the sacking of Marco Silva.

His tenure at the club however has had a rocky start with a  subpar ending to the previous campaign recording only one win in 6 games. To amend the situation Everton splurged money in the transfer market. The signing of 2014 world cup star James Rodriguez from Real Madrid was just the start. The new look midfield also showcased veteran Brazilian Allan from Napoli and Abdoulaye Doucoure from recently relegated Watford.

Tottenham Hotspurs had also undergone an overhaul of their own. After five years in charge at the club, manager Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Spurs in rather controversial fashion. It seemed harsh to let go of a manager who had taken Spurs to the finals of the Champions League just months ago but that is the bitter reality of the modern game. With Spurs sat in 14th place on the league table, Pochettino faced the inevitable axe and was sacked on 19th November 2019.

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Enter Jose Mourinho! In the world of football there is no man more loved as well as hated than Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese coach is one of the most iconic figures of football history. Known for his pragmatic approach, win at all costs attitude and animated press conference behavious, Mourinho has managed to create just as many friends as he has enemies. Following his departure from Manchester United the football world waited in anticipation to see where “the chosen one” would end up next. Very few could have guessed Spurs. Being a former Chelsea manager and a legend of the club at that, Mourinho had been quoted saying he loved Chelsea supporters too much to take the Spurs job. However such is the controversial nature of the man that he found himself taking over at Spurs.

Mourinho’s managerial debut was blighted by severe injuries and suspensions to key players like Harry Kane and Son Heung Min. He did however manage to drag spurs up to a 6th place finish confirming qualification to the Europa League. The people in charge at Spurs were aware that this is far from the club’s desired position. Thus came a need for activity in the transfer market.  Spurs signed Pierre Hojbjerg from Southampton and Matt Doherty from Wolves to strengthen their squad. With a manager like Mourinho at the club expectations are always high.

So both managers had a lot to play for coming into this 2020/21 season. Everton controlled the possession in the first half but Spurs had the better chances with Harry Kane and Lucas Moura coming close. The best chance of the half fell to Richarlison as the Brazilian pounced on a loose back pass and circled the keeper only to miss the empty net from point blank range.

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The second half began with Everton in control again. As the hour mark approached, Lucas Digne swung in an inviting freekick from the left and Dominic Calvert-Lewin powered a bullet header past a helpless Hugo Lloris to put Everton in front. Spurs struggled to find any traction and the game ended 1-0. New signing James Rodriguez stood out in a dominant display in midfield for Everton.

Monday night football brought us quality games with Wolves taking on Sheffield United. Wolves came out all  guns blazing as Mexican striker Raul Jimenez struck early to open his account for the season. Defender Saiss doubled the lead not much after with a quality header. Wolves held on to win the game 2-0.

The final game of Premier League Gameweek 1 was one that personified the title of this article in every sense. Brighton dominated Chelsea from start to finish but an early mistake leading to a penalty, a screamer from Reece James and an unlucky deflection off Webster gave Chelsea the three goals they needed to get past Brighton who missed multiple chances including a gaping miss by Duffy from a free header at the far post.

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If this Premier League Gameweek showed us anything it is that wasted opportunities will always cost you. But the beauty of the Premier League is that we go again next week with a fresh chance at redemption. Manchester City and Manchester United also return to action in a week’s time. That concludes our first week back.

 

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