Carlo Ancelotti promised that his Everton side would compete across all competitions as they seek to end their 25-year wait for major silverware.
The Toffees took three points from their trip to Tottenham after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s towering header provided decisive.
The summer transfer widow has breathed new life into Everton’s squad, with big money trio Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan and James Rodriguez all being handed their debuts from the start.
Speaking to the BBC following the match, Ancelotti set out his stall for the upcoming season.
“This performance gives us more confidence for the future,” said the Italian. “We showed what we can do. For the players it was important to show what they can do.
“It’s not easy for everyone to prepare for the start of the season. There was not a lot of time. The new signings had one week of training.
“[The new players] adapted really well. The performance was good.
“James Rodriguez brings his ability to control the ball, to do the right passes, to keep the team comfortable with the ball.
“This was important. But it’s only the first match of the season. We have to see what is going on. I think we can compete with this squad in all the competitions.
“We have to fight to reach Europe. The work we have to do is quite clear.”
Calvert-Lewin praises impact of Everton legend Ferguson
Match-winner Calvert-Lewin promised more to come from The Toffees, and praised club legend Duncan Ferguson for improving his game.
“A very good start,” said the 23-year-old. “We were looking to start well and build with a strong tempo.
“Scoring is what I’m here to do. When you score and get the three points I’m happy.
“We’ve not long played together (with the new signings) so there’s more to come.”
On coach and former Everton striker Duncan Ferguson: “He’s been someone I can bounce questions off. He has my best interests at heart. I have a lot to thank him for and if I need to ask him things he’s always there.
“You look at the quality that’s come in, it’s an instant uplift. As a centre forward you look at the creativity – they’ve played at the top level. There should be chances this season and I need to be there.
“It was most important to get momentum today. We wanted to make a statement. It’s important we don’t get carried away, it’s something to build on.”