Tottenham came back from behind to start the Premier League with a comfortable home win over Southampton.
Spurs trailed in the 12th minute from James Ward-Prowse’s shot, pushing the ball to the ground and watching the rebound beat Hugo Lloris, but Antonio Conte’s team responded quickly and harshly.
Ryan Sessegnon scored his first goal for the club in the Premier League with a welcome cross from Dejan Kulusevsky to equalize the hosts and were ahead after half an hour.
Eric Dier hasn’t scored in three years, but Son Heung-min smashed into the far corner.
Spurs carried that confidence in the second half, with Muhammed Salisu turning Emerson Royal’s cross into their own net before the impressive Kulusevski netted a fine fourth goal to lead the dominant performance.
Dreamers started in Conti
A full pre-season under Conte, six signings with permission to be “dreamers” from their Italian boss means Spurs fans are expecting great things from their side this season.
“Why don’t you win the Champions League and the Premier League?” Conte had joked before about his ambitions, although Ward-Prowse needed a strike after Moussa Djenebo played cleverly to revive his team on opening day.
With Richarlison suspended and other new recruits still working their way to full fitness, Spurs looked familiar, albeit with two unfamiliar names on the scoring sheet.
Sessegnon and Dier have been big benefactors of the Conte era, and both go to great lengths to put Spurs ahead – the most predictable sources for Son and Kolosevsky producing moments of quality for both defenders’ composition.
It was the first time in 973 days that Spurs played a home game in the Premier League at 3pm on Saturday since their 5-0 victory over Burnley in December 2019 and the first time in more than 20 years that Spurs started a season with this kick. – outside the time period.
There has rarely been much optimism in north London during these two decades, and it is likely that it has not been swayed by the confident and entertaining performance.
Sisson was also disallowed for offside immediately after the break and a low ball from rival royal back Salisu forced an own goal before Brazilian Kulusevski found the bottom corner two minutes later.
The focus at Southampton this summer has been on the youth after signing six players, only two of whom are over twenty, but Saints’ Mr. Excellent start.
That hope did not last long for Ralph Hessenhuttl’s side, who not only had the worst opening record of any current team in the Premier League, but finished last season with four consecutive defeats and did little to mitigate the hangover at Tottenham Hotspur.
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Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Southampton 1.
The second half ended, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Southampton 1.
The attempt failed. Yves Bisoma (Tottenham Hotspur) right-footed shot from outside the penalty area is close but misses to the left.
Substitution, Southampton. Nathan Redmond replaces Kyle Walker Peters.
Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from over 35 yards is saved in the middle of the goal. With the help of Yves Bisoma.
Prohibited attempt. Ibrahima Diallo (Southampton) right-footed shot from outside the penalty area is blocked. Assisted by James Ward Prause.
Prohibited attempt. Roman Perrault (Southampton)’s left-footed shot was blocked by the left side of the penalty area. Assisted by James Ward Prause.
Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) won with a free kick in the defensive half.
Fault by Jack Stevens (Southampton).
Yves Bisoma (Tottenham Hotspur) received a yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Yves Bisoma (Tottenham Hotspur).
Romeo Lafia (Southampton) won from a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Matt Doherty replaces Emerson Royal.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Yves Bissoma replaces Rodrigo Bentancur.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Clément Lenglet replaces Ben Davies.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Lucas Moura replaces Dejan Kulusevsky.
The attempt failed. Romain Perrault (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the penalty area is a bit high. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.
Attempt saved. Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) saved with his right foot from the center of the penalty area in the middle of the goal. Assisted by Harry Kane.
Tottenham Hotspur offside. Harry Kane attempted a through pass, but Dejan Kulusevsky was caught offside.
Foul by Emerson Royal (Tottenham Hotspur).
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