Chelsea, Tot­ten­ham dis­pel doubts with win­ning starts in EPL

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

LON­DON (AP): CHELSEA AND Tot­ten­ham dis­pelled doubts about their readi­ness to make win­ning starts to the English Pre­mier League yes­ter­day.

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 (US$93 mil­lion) from Ath­letic Bil­bao ear­lier in the week.

Chelsea were the league’s big­gest spenders in the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow. Tot­ten­ham were 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 can­celled 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 util­is­ing 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 Jiménez.

Neves can­celled 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 Jiménez to re­store par­ity.

BRIGHTON’S BLANK

Brighton out­spent cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City but an out­lay of more than $70 mil­lion on 10 new play­ers couldn’t pre­vent Watford beat­ing the south-coast side 2-0 af­ter a dou­ble from Roberto Pereyra.

SUN­DAY’S GAMES

The post-Arsene Wenger era be­gins at the Emi­rates Sta­dium. Unai Emery takes charge of Arse­nal for the first time in the Pre­mier League against de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City. Liver­pool, the league’s big­gest off sea­son spenders, host West Ham, and Burnley travel to Southamp­ton.

AP

Wolverhampton Wan­der­ers’ Ruben Neves cel­e­brates scor­ing his side’s first goal of the game against Ever­ton, dur­ing their English Pre­mier League match at Mo­lineux in Wolverhampton, Eng­land, yes­ter­day.

AP

Crys­tal Palace’s Jeffrey Schlupp (right) scores his side’s open­ing goal against Fulham dur­ing their English Pre­mier League match at Craven Cot­tage in Lon­don, yes­ter­day.

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