Tottenham recovered from going a purpose all the way down to impressively dispatch Southampton 4-1 of their Premier League opener and present their new power in depth.
Deadly duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min did not get on the scoresheet, but it surely was fellow attacker Dejan Kulusevski who stole the present in London.
Sweden worldwide Kulusevski arrange the equaliser for Ryan Sessegnon earlier than he fired residence a superb fourth after the break in between an Eric Dier header and Mohammed Salisu’s personal purpose.
It backed up the rising anticipation round Antonio Conte’s facet, who’ve been tipped by many to affix champions Manchester City and Liverpool within the title race this season.
When James Ward-Prowse put Saints right into a shock early lead, these predictions appeared vast of the mark however the hosts regrouped instantly to begin the brand new marketing campaign in robust trend.
Tottenham’s spectacular and swift switch enterprise had created loads of pleasure amongst followers however none of their six new signings made the beginning line-up.
Visiting boss Ralph Hasenhuttl had no such hesitation in throwing in his summer season additions, with former Manchester City children Gavin Bazunu and teenager Romeo Lavia each in from the off whereas Joe Aribo additionally debuted.
It took 12 minutes for the primary official likelihood to current itself and Southampton took full benefit to open the scoring via Ward-Prowse.
Moussa Djenepo received away from Emerson Royal down the left and chipped again to the sting of the world the place his captain fired residence on the volley, his effort bouncing into the bottom and beating Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris.
The hosts reacted effectively to conceding although and solely trailed for 9 minutes.
After Southampton had handled various early crosses into the world, that they had little reply within the twenty first minute when Kulusevski checked again onto his left foot and splendidly curled throughout for Sessegnon, who leapt above Kyle Walker-Peters to energy residence the equaliser.
It was solely the second purpose the left wing-back had scored for Spurs since his big-money transfer from Fulham three summers in the past.
Conte’s crew saved their foot on the fuel and accomplished the turnaround within the thirty first minute via one other unlikely supply.
Son noticed his preliminary nook cleared, after Bazunu thwarted his left-footed effort moments earlier, however quickly obtained possession again and produced a wonderful inswinging supply, which proved good for Dier to stoop low and head on into the underside nook to make it 2-1.
Dier scored Tottenham’s second purpose
Sessegnon had the ball within the web once more instantly after half-time however his wonderful end along with his proper foot was dominated out attributable to offside.
Tottenham ought to have already been two targets to the nice, with Kane denied by Republic of Ireland worldwide Bazunu earlier than the break and Son wasteful from six yards when he might have handed to his companion in crime.
The pair scored 40 targets between them within the Premier League final season, but it surely was Kulusevski who took centre stage on this event.
The Swede practically arrange Sessegnon once more with a scrumptious go earlier than the third arrived for the hosts within the 61st minute.
Emerson led a counter-attack and exchanged passes with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Son earlier than his scuffed cross was put via his personal web by an off-balance Salisu.
Kulusevski saved the very best till final when he latched onto Emerson’s cutback, opened up his physique and curled into the underside nook with aplomb to make it 4-1 and provides Spurs a second purpose within the area of two minutes.
Conte made a quadruple substitution late on and gave Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet and Yves Bissouma their debuts to additional whet the urge for food of Tottenham supporters on a wonderful opening day.