Chelsea began with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend of the Premier League week 1.
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The Blues come from behind to draw with Liverpool as debutant Axel Disasi’s equaliser cancels out Luis Diaz’s goal in the first half.
Mohamed Salah and Ben Chilwell had first-half goals ruled out by VAR for offsides.
‘The Caisedo Derby’
Liverpool were dealt a blow before arriving at Stamford Bridge after Moises Caicedo turn them down in favour of Chelsea despite agreeing a British record £111m transfer with Brighton for the midfielder on Friday.
Neither Jurgen Klopp nor Pochettino were able to provide an update after the game.
Chelsea and Liverpool’s midfield rebuild
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino handed out debuts to Robert Sanchez, Axel Disasi, Levi Colwill and Nicolas Jackson in his first game in charge of the club.
Kepa Arrizabalaga was not included in the matchday squad as he nears a loan move to Real Madrid.
Liverpool’s midfield duo Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister made their first competitive appearances for the club.
Darwin Nunez had to settle for a place on the bench with Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz preferred up top.
Emerson Royal’s equalizer gives the Spurs draw
It is life after Harry Kane for Tottenham as they earn a 2-2 draw at Brentford.
Emerson Royal scored a first-half stoppage-time equaliser to see Ange Postecoglou draw the first game in charge; Cristian Romero opened the scoring; Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa’s goals gave Brentford 2-1 lead.
New Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou handed out full debuts to four players with Guglielmo Vicario, Destiny Udogie, Micky van de Ven and James Maddison all included.
Brentford, without the banned Ivan Toney, also gave debuts to goalkeeper Mark Flekken and defender Nathan Collins with Ben Mee absent.
Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou: “Pleased with the effort. I thought we acquitted ourselves well, in terms of not letting the game get away from us at 2-1 down. I thought the lads held it together well – we controlled the game for the most part.