Everton manager Ronald Koeman and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino were both pleased with their sides’ performances as they held each other to a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.
The Toffees started the brighter of the two and were ahead inside five minutes, with Ross Barkley’s 30-yard free kick curling inside Hugo Lloris’ far post.
Spurs looked lacklustre and couldn’t find an answer to the hosts’ movement and energy, with Gerard Deulofeu missing a huge chance to double Everton’s lead in first half stoppage time when one-on-one, but Michel Vorm stood firm after replacing Lloris who was taken off injured.
Erik Lamela replied for Tottenham in the second half with a deft header across Maartin Stekelenburg, but as much as the visitors looked the more likelier to grab the winner, Everton held on to share the spoils on the opening day of the Premier League.
Speaking to Everton’s official website, Koeman was pleased at the performance of his Toffees team in his first game in charge, saying: “We lost a bit of control of the game in the last part of the second half, but overall I am very happy with the performance.
The first 45 minutes was really excellent – the energy we put in the game and the reaction of the fans supporting the team.
“We had the best chances. Before half-time we had a big opportunity to score the second goal which would have made it a totally different second half.”
Meanwhile Spurs boss Pochettino was pleased to take a point away from Merseyside and says his team are in good spirits ahead of the new campaign.
“I think we leave here with a good feeling, excited for the season,” he told Tottenham’s official website.
“It’s the first game of the season and it’s always difficult. The first half was difficult for different reasons because they scored early and then Hugo was injured.
“In the second half we fixed some things and we played much better and deserved the draw, and had chances to win the game.
“We were unlucky. I was happy with the performance and now we need to follow up.”