Ever­ton more solid un­der Koe­man, de­clares Cole­man

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Ever­ton have im­proved de­fen­sively this sea­son be­cause new man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man has put more em­pha­sis on a high work rate and greater so­lid­ity, ac­cord­ing to right-back Sea­mus Cole­man.

For­mer man­ager Roberto Mar­tinez played a more at­tack­ing style of foot­ball but un­der Koe­man Ever­ton have lost only one of their first seven Premier League games to climb to fifth in the ta­ble.

“It’s dif­fi­cult do­ing these in­ter­views be­cause it looks as though you are ham­mer­ing the old regime and that’s not the case,” Cole­man said.

“Ev­ery man­ager is dif­fer­ent. Roberto played a more open game and made no se­cret of that.”

The Mersey­side club have con­ceded five league goals, the sec­ond best record in the top fight be­hind Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, after ship­ping 55 last sea­son to fin­ish 11th in a dis­ap­point­ing cam­paign un­der Mar­tinez.

“He liked his full backs get­ting high and un­for­tu­nately at times we con­ceded too many goals.

“This man­ager wants us to be solid first and then build on that with the quality at­tack­ing play­ers,” the 27-year-old Cole­man added.

“It’s not a case of one be­ing wrong and one right but we are more solid this sea­son. Ev­ery time a man­ager comes in he puts a twist on things.

“This one is big on work-rate. He is de­mand­ing the best from us.”

Ever­ton travel to the Eti­had Sta­dium to face league lead­ers Manch­ester City on Satur­day.

Pep Guardi­ola’s side were re­cently stunned with their first de­feat of the sea­son to Tot­ten­ham, while Ever­ton go into the tie off the back of a 1-1 draw with Crys­tal Palace prior to the in­ter­na­tional break.

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