Tottenham Hotspur 3, Chelsea 1
Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino is back in familiar territory at Wembley, Chelsea’s Antonio Conte remains in charge in London and now Moussa Sissoko will leave again in the offseason after joining Watford on a free transfer on Saturday.
Pochettino took his unbeaten record in season openers into north London to face Conte, whose second full season back at Chelsea has not gone as he planned. It’s only the second season since Conte arrived at Stamford Bridge that his team has failed to win its opening game.
Pochettino was flattered to have beaten a Conte team, but said Tottenham deserved to win, however unlikely.
“First of all, we have to congratulate Chelsea because, after talking with the manager, he did a very good job,” Pochettino said. “But I think that this Tottenham team deserves to win because we played better.”
Harry Kane’s 25th goal of the season brought Spurs level before Jan Vertonghen scored with a 30-yard (meter) drive for his first Spurs goal. Sissoko had the final say, rounding the goalkeeper with a beautiful left-foot shot to score his first Premier League goal since January 2016.
Although a Harry Winks goal with 11 minutes remaining increased Tottenham’s lead, Watford had the final say, capitalizing on Eric Dier’s nervousness following the opening goal. Dier appeared to catch the ball with his heel while switching off and Marco Benassi slipped the ball to Nordin Amrabat for a right-foot shot to make it 3-1.
Chelsea was 1-0 down on the half-hour mark following Kane’s 14th-minute opener as Watford defender Craig Cathcart started the move by misplacing a challenge on the striker, who timed his run perfectly on the edge of the penalty area to curl a low shot into the bottom right corner. It was Kane’s first goal against Chelsea at the fifth attempt.
Fabian Delph made up for a first-half own goal from Toby Alderweireld by scoring Chelsea’s goal in the first minute of the second half, curling a long-range free kick into the top right corner after Christian Eriksen’s shot was saved.
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Manchester City 6, Huddersfield 0
City’s Fergus McCann hailed Yaya Toure’s return to form at Watford and praised his patience and work ethic for the Ivorian.
McCann is a former Manchester City winger, having spent nine years with the club, and has followed Toure’s career from afar.
“I’ve got to say that Toure has been a revelation,” McCann said. “You’ve seen today the contribution he makes.
“I didn’t see this in Toure a couple of weeks ago, actually.”
Toure started as City’s midfield fulcrum alongside the likes of Fernandinho and David Silva, who left Huddersfield to join Manchester United on loan on Friday.
“To play with those two and attack like we do is wonderful,” McCann said. “When you add the likes of (Ilkay) Gundogan and (Bernardo) Silva into that mix, the depth that they have got is enormous.
“That’s what it takes to win the Premier League. Every season, teams can go away and beat you, but you’ve got to go out there and fight every game. Because in this league if you don’t have the fight and the quality to win the match, you will lose it. That’s what they have got.”
Saturday’s match was City’s first game since the sacking of manager Pep Guardiola, who collected eight trophies in three seasons, including two Premier League titles, after arriving in England in 2016.
Under the guidance of City’s interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, City started the season with a 6-1 win at Huddersfield in their opening match and scored six more in the 2-0 victory over Arsenal on Wednesday.
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