Match Preview: Season kicks-off at Goodison Park

Spurs are set to embark on a new Premier League campaign starting with an away fixture at Everton.

As of yet, the transfer window has been somewhat unexciting for Spurs fans as they have only seen the club purchase two players.

However, last season’s Premier League taught us that ‘big name’ players aren’t always essential for achieving success; which is why so many Tottenham fans around the world will still have faith in our manager, Mauricio Pochettino, to display an exciting style of football and bring us joy during the upcoming season.

The Toffees will be entering today’s tie full of confidence after appointing their new Dutch manager, Ronald Koeman.

After having a successful managerial spell at Southampton, Koeman will go onto enforce his attractive style of play at Everton meaning that the fans will be raring for their team to start the new season with a win.

Team news –

Although after being doubtful to start today, Jan Vertonghen is fully fit and will return to Spurs’ starting XI. Moussa Dembele is suspended following an incident that occurred at the end of last season meaning that Victor Wanyama will almost definitely make his debut for the club.

Vincent Janssen is also touted to make his professional debut for the club, though it is likely to be from the bench.

For the Toffees, Besic is doubtful following a knee injury whilst new boy Ashley Williams will be omitted from the squad.

Big Vic is likely to make his first start for the club

Managers’ Words –

Mauricio Pochettino has stated that the Spurs squad are ‘ready’ for Everton and will be looking to start the season with a victory. He stated: “We start with a big test at Everton. We will arrive ready”.

Pochettino has also spoken of his disdain for the manner in which the final season ended.

Catch Pochettino’s full press conference here!

His opposing manager, Ronald Koeman, has looked oddly nervous ahead of today’s game and has claimed that his players “are only 70% fit”. He also admitted that the club “need more players” if they are to succeed this season.

A stern first test for new Everton manager Ronald Koeman

Final Word –

Coming into the new season after the success of last year’s campaign will bring a heightened degree of expectation at the club and a good start to the campaign could likely prove critical if the team are to balance out competing in Europe’s toughest two competitions.

Many of the players from within the team will be desperate to shake off the disappointment that they will have undoubtedly have felt from the summer’s European Championship (the English and Belgian boys in particular) and their response will be a true measurement of their mental resilience.

Everton come into the campaign off the back of a devastatingly poor 2015/16 campaign and will be keen to turn over a new leaf under their new manager.

Whilst we can expect a more defensively resilient Everton under the guidance of Ronald Koeman, I still confidently believe that nothing but a win should be expected from the current group of players.

Enjoy some classic Spurs victories over Everton here!

Dele Alli’s beautiful goal in January’s 1-1 draw.

Written by Matt Boon


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