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Talk of crisis on the opening weekend of a Premier League season often feels over the top but when that team has made itself the focus of a new documentary drama series, perhaps it is appropriate. The cameras were on as Tottenham kicked off their campaign on Sunday but they left it to Everton to provide the action as they slumped to a 1-0 home defeat.

Statistically, Spurs were outrun and outsprinted, outshot and outscored. But the easiest way to summarise this performance is to say that they were outplayed. Carlo Ancelotti's team had a coherent plan and played with positivity. Tottenham, damningly, ran out of ideas.

The summer signings of Matt Doherty and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg were hardly spectacular but they were widely regarded as sensible acquisitions. The former appears well suited to the advanced role on the right that Mourinho has favored since taking over. The latter has the ability to add steel in the hope that it provides a platform for those ahead of him to play.

What the managers said:
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho: "The struggle started in the way we pressed or, I will say, in the way we didn't press because our pressure up was very poor.
"I would say it was lazy pressure and when you have lazy pressure, you don't press and you let opponents build from the back and then they have players with incredible quality, which is not just Everton, it's almost everybody in the Premier League. When you let them play from the back then they are comfortable with the ball."
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti: "It was good, the game was what I expected from the team. It was not easy but we had energy, quality. The performance was brilliant. We had difficulties at the beginning but we were comfortable on the pitch.
"The players that can play football, they don't need a lot of time to adapt. James knows what he has to do, Allan and Doucoure the same. I just said show your quality and they did. We had a good combination in midfield. Last season we had players with quality on the ball but you also have to play without the ball."



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