Twenty years into his managerial career, Jose Mourinho recorded an unwelcome first on Sunday: Making a losing start to a league season.
"I didn't like my team," the Tottenham manager said after Dominic Calvert-Lewin's second-half header gave Everton a 1-0 win in the Premier League on Sunday.
For all that Everton were dynamic - with James Rodriguez and Allan controlling the midfield on their debuts - Tottenham were ineffective going forward.
Tottenham were reliant on Harry Kane as their attacking outlet and the England forward managed only two touches in the Everton penalty area.
"The struggle started in the way we pressed - or the way we didn't press," Mourinho said. "Our pressure up (front) was very, very poor. It was a lazy pressure and when you have lazy pressure you let opponents build from the back."
It was a miserable way for Mourinho to start his first full season in charge of Tottenham.
But it was the perfect start for Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti, who took charge midseason last year like Mourinho. This was the first time Everton had won away at one of the traditional top-six clubs since December 2013.
Tottenham defenders Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld gave Calvert-Lewin the space to rise to meet Lucas Digne's free kick with a header 10 minutes into the second half.
"It can be a lonely role at times," said centre forward Calvert-Lewin. "But today, because we've worked hard and won our individual battles, it allowed us to play and we can create chances.
"I was excited. I couldn't wait to play today. Not only the first game of the season, but with the quality we've brought in as well."
Quality such as James Rodriguez, who at 29 is trying to revitalise a career that never settled at Real Madrid, who he joined after lighting up the 2014 World Cup with Colombia.
James has been reunited with Ancelotti, who coached James at the start of his Madrid career and took him on loan to Bayern Munich.
In only his second match since February - having played once for Madrid in June - James still looked sharp on the ball, which he was pinging across the field with precision as he created five chances.
Allan, another player who has been reunited with Ancelotti, was also commanding in midfield.
"The signing of James and Allan has been a big bonus for us," said Abdoulaye Doucoure, who also made his debut in the Everton midfield.
"We worked very hard today, the week was brilliant."
The manner of the performance - and Calvert-Lewin's match-winner - spared the blushes of Richarlison who missed an open goal in the first half after rounding goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
There was also a debut to remember on Sunday for Timothy Castagne at Leicester.
A defensive signing from Atalanta, Castagne made an impact at the other end by heading in a cross from fellow Belgian Dennis Praet in the 56th minute to set Leicester on their way to a 3-0 victory over promoted West Bromwich Albion.
Jamie Vardy then netted two penalties in 10 minutes - the first after the striker was pulled back by Kyle Bartley and the second after James Justin was brought down by Dara O'Shea.
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