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Tottenham recover to thrash Southampton 4-1

Tottenham recover to thrash Southampton 4-1

Tottenham Hotspur began their new Premier League campaign with a 4-1 win from behind at home to Southampton on Saturday (Aug 6), moving top of a very early table. Despite an active transfer window, Antonio Conte didn't start any of the club's six new signings.

Tottenham Hotspur came from a goal down to get their Premier League campaign off to a flying start with a comfortable home victory over Southampton.

Spurs fell behind in the 12th minute to James Ward-Prowse's volley – the midfielder driving the ball into the ground and watching the bounce beat Hugo Lloris – but the response from Antonio Conte's side was swift and ruthless.

Ryan Sessegnon headed in his first Premier League goal for the club from an inviting Dejan Kulusevski cross to draw the hosts level and by the half-hour mark they were in front.

Eric Dier had not scored in three years but met a whipped Son Heung-min delivery with a low, flicked header into the far corner.

Tottenham carried that confidence into the second half and Mohammed Salisu turned Emerson Royal's cross into his own net, before the impressive Kulusevski grabbed a well-taken fourth to cap a stylish and dominant display.

"We won three important points but the most important thing was the way we got three points – with really good football, with the ball, without the ball, with important pressure," said Conte. "The way we decided to win the ball after we lost it was another important aspect.

"We are working to implement football knowledge over the last season. We have seen this team has seven months of work on its back."