Chelsea and Tot­ten­ham dis­pel doubts with wins

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - PAGE 2 -

Chelsea and Tot­ten­ham dis­pelled doubts about their readiness to make win­ning starts to the Premier League on Satur­day.

A week af­ter be­ing swat­ted aside by Manch­ester City in the Com­mu­nity Shield, Chelsea beat Hud­der­s­field 3-0 in Mau­r­izio Sarri’s first league match in charge.

France World Cup win­ner N’Golo Kante volleyed in the opener in the 34th minute, Jorginho net­ted a penalty on his Premier League de­but be­fore half­time and Pe­dro Ro­driguez drove home the third with an an­gled drive af­ter the break.

There was barely a save to make for Kepa Ar­riz­a­bal­aga, who be­came the world’s most ex­pen­sive goal­keeper when he joined Chelsea for 80 mil­lion eu­ros ($93 mil­lion) from Ath­letic Bil­bao ear­lier in the week.

Chelsea was the league’s big­gest spenders in the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow. Tot­ten­ham was the only top-flight side to fail to make a sign­ing but still opened with a 2-1 vic­tory at New­cas­tle.

All the goals came in­side the open­ing 18 min­utes as Joselu can­celed out Jan Ver­tonghen’s opener for Tot­ten­ham be­fore Dele Alli headed in the win­ner.

While Alli was on tar­get, fel­low Eng­land World Cup semi­fi­nal­ist Harry Kane en­dured frus­tra­tion in front of goal at St. James’ Park. The striker, who was the tour­na­ment’s top scorer in Rus­sia, has now failed to score a Premier League goal in Au­gust at 14 at­tempts.

PRO­MOTED SIDES

Af­ter spend­ing more than $250 mil­lion on new play­ers since gain­ing pro­mo­tion, the new­com­ers only col­lected one point between them. Cardiff lost 2-0 at Bournemouth and Ful­ham fell to the same score at home to Crys­tal Palace.

But Wolver­hamp­ton col­lected a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Ever­ton. So much has changed at the cen­tral Eng­land team since it was last among the elite six years ago, with Chi­nese own­er­ship in­vest­ing heav­ily and uti­liz­ing its busi­ness re­la­tion­ship with Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s agent to at­tract play­ers.

Two of Jorge Men­des’ clients net­ted for Wolves as they twice came from be­hind: Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez.

Neves can­celed out Richarli­son’s de­but goal for Ever­ton di­rectly from a free kick af­ter Phil Jagielka was dis­missed for a dan­ger­ous slid­ing chal­lenge on Diogo Jota. Even with 10 men, Brazil­ian for­ward Richarli­son re­stored Ever­ton’s lead in the sec­ond half but Neves swung in a cross that was headed in by Jimenez to re­store par­ity.

Oli Scarff / Getty Im­ages

Chelsea mid­fielder Pe­dro cel­e­brates with team­mates af­ter scor­ing his team’s third goal against Hud­der­s­field Town on Satur­day.

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