Ever­ton fo­cused

Re­al­ist Koe­man gives short shrift to ‘crazy’ Premier­ship ti­tle talk

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - LIVERPOOL/

Ever­ton man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man has nipped talk of his team’s ti­tle chances in the bud, de­spite their un­beaten start to the season lift­ing them to sec­ond spot in the Pre­mier League stand­ings be­hind lead­ers Manch­ester City.

The Dutch­man took over at Good­i­son Park from Roberto Martinez in June and his im­pact is ap­par­ent in Ever­ton’s new-found de­fen­sive re­silience and im­proved work rate.

Ever­ton se­cured a 1-1 home draw with Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in their season opener be­fore win­ning their next four league games, spark­ing spec­u­la­tion they might em­u­late last season’s un­likely champions Le­ices­ter City.

Koe­man, how­ever, dis­missed talk of the ti­tle as pre­ma­ture and un­real- is­tic. “It’s a good start but we know it is very early and there is a long way to go,” the man­ager told re­porters.

“I don’t think we can do a Le­ices­ter. I am re­al­is­tic. If I tell you we will fight for the ti­tle I think most peo­ple will tell you that man is crazy.

“Even when I men­tion that it sounds crazy.

“Why would we change our am­bi­tion and as­pi­ra­tion after 13 points from five games?

“The big teams have much more qual­i­ties and un­less it is like it was last season it will be im­pos­si­ble.”

Koe­man said Ever­ton needed to get bet­ter to hit even that tar­get.

“We need to im­prove and we can im­prove if we want to fight for Europe,” he added.

Koe­man was, mean­while, pleased his pub­lic crit­i­cism of Ross Barkley had elicited the right re­sponse after the mid­fielder gave a strong per­for­mance in the club’s 3-1 win over Mid­dles­brough on Satur­day.

/REUTERS

“I don’t think we can do a Le­ices­ter. I am re­al­is­tic. If I tell you we will fight for the ti­tle I think most peo­ple will tell you that man is crazy.” –Ron­ald Koe­man Ever­ton man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man dur­ing their Pre­mier League match against Sun­der­land at the Sta­dium of Light on Sep 12.

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