LONDON (AP) — While Liverpool have made an impressive start to the English Premier League, Tottenham have shown they may be ready to take the next step under Antonio Conte.
Liverpool had to come back twice to salvage a 2-2 draw at promoted Fulham on Saturday, thanks largely to new signing Darwin Nunes, after Jurgen Klopp admitted the team fell short of his standards.
Tottenham also conceded an early goal but bounced back to claim a 4-1 win at home to Southampton after a dominant display that signaled Spurs are on the mend after a full off-season under Conte. Welcome, who took over as editor last November.
Chelsea also had a winning start but in less impressive fashion, holding on for 1-0 at Everton after Jorginho conceded a penalty at the end of the first half.
Newcastle, Leeds and Bournemouth also won their league openers.
At Craven Cottage, Fulham threatened to pull off a major upset as hosts Aleksandar Mitrovic went ahead twice against Liverpool. But Nunez came off the bench to score one goal and set up another for Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool almost took all three points when Jordan Henderson hit the crossbar in injury time with a long-range shot, but even Klopp admitted victory would have been priceless.
“The start of the game was really bad from us,” said Klopp. “No direction, no positives, no openings, no broken lines, nothing (of what) you should do.”
It was a different story in north London, where Tottenham reacted brilliantly to fall behind in the 12th minute.
Ryan Sessegnon and Eric Dier struck for Spurs at half-time and Southampton defender Mohamed Salibu scored a comical goal in the 61st minute when he tried to clear the ball. Dejan Klosovski scored a goal two minutes into the fourth quarter.
“It was a good start for us, despite going backwards,” Conte said. “I like the game a lot for the result but especially the way it turned out – creating a lot of scoring chances, good possession, good high and medium pressure and we were good when we lost the ball and The intensity of the effort. Get it back. … Today we saw the summer work with our players.
Conte spent much of last season complaining about the squad’s lack of depth, yet chose not to start any of the team’s six off-season signings. Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet and Yves Bessuma instead came off the bench to show that Conte has also increased his options this season as Spurs look to join Manchester City and Liverpool in the title race.
Newcastle spoils Forest comeback
Nottingham Forest spent most of the game on the defensive as they returned to the top flight after a 23-year absence. The new arrivals held firm for almost an hour at St James’ Park but Newcastle’s Fabian Schar was unable to break the deadlock with a long-range shot at the end. Newcastle won 2-0 after Callum Wilson added the second in the 78th.
“We were undoubtedly second best in the game,” Forest manager Steve Cooper said. “We fought well in terms of possession and territory but we didn’t play well with the ball.”
Fellow newcomers Bournemouth got off to a good start after Scott Parker won the battle of former England midfielders as his side cruised to a 2-0 home win over Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.
Jefferson Lima and Kiefer Moore scored either side of half-time at the Vitality Stadium as Gerrard – who played with Parker at Euro 2012 – cut a disappointing figure for much of the afternoon.
His expensively assembled team dominated in the south coast sunshine but were ruthless in attack.
Aaronson gives Leeds a spark
There was a distinctly American flavor to Leeds’ 2-1 win at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
United States international Brendan Aaronson played a key role in the winning goal when he rose to meet a cross from Patrick Bamford, although it was ruled out as an own goal by defender Ryan At Nouri, who only Try to clear the goal. his own
Leeds hit back when Daniel Pudens scored for the visitors in the sixth minute with a volley that went off the turf and under the crossbar.
Rodrigo equalized for the hosts in the 24th.
Aaronson and fellow US international Taylor Adams made their debuts for Leeds, who are managed by American coach Jesse Marsh.
“All the starters played very well,” Marsh told the BBC. “(Harronson) is relentless. She’s relentless. Her work rate is incredible. I know her well and what I know about her is that she’s going to get better.
Chelsea ‘have things to improve’
Chelsea picked up their first win in five visits at Goodison Park, but coach Thomas Tuchel admitted his side are looking rusty as he tries to bring in new signings while coping with a lack of a pure striker.
“We have things to improve but it’s not surprising,” Tuchel said. “We struggled physically but showed spirit to get a clean sheet.”
Everton are also without a striker and are missing two more players as Ben Godfrey started with a suspected broken leg and Yari Mena went off in the second half with a leg injury.
An injury to Godfrey meant there was eight minutes of stoppage time in the first half, and Jorginho converted a penalty seconds before the break after Abdoulaye Doucourt had brought down Ben Chilwell.