Everton defender James Tarkowski insisted "exciting times are ahead", despite being left disappointed with the result as the Blues fell to a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on his official debut for the Club.
The visitors edged a closely-fought opening-day contest at Goodison Park, with Jorginho's effort from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time proving decisive.
Speaking afterwards, Tarkowski hailed a "special" atmosphere and insisted the Blues can be pleased with their overall performance, despite a natural disappointment after the loss.
"It was a special experience [arriving at the stadium] and I wanted to take it all in," he said.
"I really enjoyed it in terms of the atmosphere - it was really good and we're fairly pleased with our performance overall, but points are what it’s all about.
"But, especially early on in the season, you want your performances to be up there – that was the case today.
"We were dynamic and caused them problems.
"We've got high-quality players here. I’ve seen what this team can do.
"There are exciting times ahead.”
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LAMPARD: JUST ONE INGREDIENT WAS MISSING FROM SOLID DISPLAY
Everton were dealt an injury blow heading into the contest, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin ruled out for approximately six weeks with a knee injury.
There were further setbacks here, with Frank Lampard confirming in his post-match press conference Ben Godfrey suffered a fractured fibula, while fellow defender Yerry Mina was also forced off with an ankle problem.
"Fingers crossed it’s not as serious as we hope," he added. "It didn’t look great, then losing Yerry [Mina] disjointed us.
"People have to slot into positions like they did today.
"We moved around a bit but we still played well. We have to continue and it's the same for everyone - if you are selected, you have to go out and perform."