Koe­man in wake-up call to dis­ap­point­ing Tof­fees

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

BOSS Ron­ald Koe­man em­pha­sised it was time for Ever­ton to wake up af­ter the Tof­fees pro­duced an­other woe­ful dis­play last night.

Koe­man’s men con­ceded three times in the first-half as they were beaten 3-0 by Ata­lanta in their Europa League Group E opener in Reg­gio Emilia.

The Dutch­man had stressed be­fore­hand the need for Ever­ton, who spent con­sid­er­ably on a raft of new sign­ings over the sum­mer, to “re­act” in Italy af­ter per­form­ing so poorly in Satur­day’s 3-0 home loss to Tot­ten­ham.

Their sub­se­quent show­ing drew plenty of boos and jeers from Ever­ton fans at the Mapei Sta­dium.

And Koe­man said in his post-match press con­fer­ence: “The team is far away from what we need to show. I think most of the play­ers are not at the level we ex­pect. It’s now time that we showed this is re­ally the wake-up call.”

Ever­ton’s next match is a daunt­ing trip to Manch­ester United on Sun­day.

Koe­man, who made six changes to his start­ing XI for yes­ter­day’s con­test, was in no mood af­ter­wards for mak­ing ex­cuses about how the side had per­formed.

Hav­ing said he shared the fans’ anger, he is­sued an apol­ogy to them in the press con­fer­ence.

He also posted a mes­sage on In­sta­gram, in which he said: “A re­ally poor first half in all as­pects, with­out the right at­ti­tude and I am re­spon­si­ble.”

And Koe­man ad­mit­ted in the press con­fer­ence the match had left him ques­tion­ing his abil­ity to pre­pare his play­ers. “It’s a big les­son to­day,” he said. “I thought it was hap­pen­ing af­ter the third goal against Tot­ten­ham, but OK — I need to ask my­self the ques­tion, what I did wrong.”

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