Everton 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Goalless draw at Goodison Park
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After Antonio Conte's successful debut as Tottenham Hotspur manager in the Conference League, the Italian was looking to do the same in the Premier League. 

In a hard fought match between both sides, Everton and Spurs divided points in a goalless draw at Goodison Park. 

Story of the game

Conte opted to start the same line-up as he did in the middle of the week against Vitesse, which included a defense of three centre-backs along with Emerson Royal and Sergio Reguilon as wing-backs. 

Although Spurs fought hard from beginning to end, they were not able to break into Everton's box, resulting in them failing to attempt a single shot on target. 

Late in the game, Giovani Lo Celso had the best chance for Tottenham, but his left-footed effort hit Jordan Pickford's right post. 

The Video Assistant Referee was used twice during the game - both in the second half - which included checking a nonexistent Richarlison penalty in the Spurs box as well as Mason Holgate's red card for a foul on Pierre-Emile Hojberg.

It should be noted, Spurs defender Emerson had an outstanding performance from his wing-back role as he got forward, but still delivered in the back when he was called on.

Conte's reaction

''I think if I have to see a negative aspect in this game, I think we made many many mistakes in the final pass because we had chances,'' Conte said after the game. ''If we made the final pass in the right way, we could have chances to score. Instead the last pass we made many mistakes. 

Lo Celso went in very well and hit a post but for sure I have to know very well the whole squad.

''I think when you want to become big, when you want to try to be competitive, you must have a stable team, not ups and downs, ups and downs and today we didn’t concede a goal and I think that is a good start to improve,'' he added.

''I think we must learn to be stable, and there is only one way to be stable, to make offensively together and defensively together and all the players have to go into this idea and today I have seen the will to sacrifice to pay attention to the details.''

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