Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham failed to get a good start as they suffered a 1-0 defeat against Everton in the Premier League opener.
Ten minutes after the interval, Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed a goal that condemned Spurs to their first defeat of the season. This means that Mourinho has begun the league season with a defeat for the first time in his 20 years coaching.
While losing on the opening-day is rare for the 57-year-old, Tottenham have had their fair share of them. But it was their first in five years that they suffered defeat on the opening day of the season.
The Portuguese joined the north London outfit last November and led them to a sixth-place finish in the league and a Europa League spot, but improvement was expected in the new season.
Everton, who handed debuts to Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure, outclassed Spurs at their own stadium and threatened to score long before their second-half strike.
The Toffees’ first opportunity to score came after just 16 minutes in the game when Richarlison pounced on the wayward ball of Ben Davies. The Brazilian rounded Hugo Lloris but failed to find the nets.
Jordon Pickford was brilliant between the sticks for the visitors and twice came to his team’s rescue, thwarting the attempts of Dele Alli and Matt Doherty.
Jose brought Moussa Sissoko for Alli at half-time, however, they found themselves trailing soon as Calvert-Lewin scored with a superb header.
The single goal proved enough for the visitors as they came away with an easy victory.