Koe­man frus­trated by dis­mal Tof­fees

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Ever­ton boss Ronald Koe­man could not hide his dis­ap­point­ment fol­low­ing an­other dis­mal dis­play in last night’s 3-0 Europa League de­feat to Ata­lanta.

The Tof­fees went into the match on the back of a 3-0 home loss to Tot­ten­ham and with Koe­man stress­ing they would “need to re­act” in Italy.

But they were ab­ject once again, with their slop­pi­ness pun­ished by a dy­namic Ata­lanta side who scored three times in the first half through An­drea Masiello, cap­tain Ale­jan­dro Gomez and Bryan Cris­tante, beat­ing Maarten Steke­len­burg, who re­placed ex-Sun­der­land star Jor­dan Pick­ford in goal.

“A lot went wrong, ex­cept maybe af­ter a dif­fi­cult start , maybe 10 min­utes that we had a lit­tle bit more of the ball and looked a bit more com­fort­able,” Koe­man said.

“Ball pos­ses­sion was poor, but most painful was in the first half that they showed more ag­gres­sion, that they showed more pas­sion and that’s re­ally painful be­cause in my opinion it starts with that and then you need qual­i­ties on the ball.

“It’ s a good ques­tion to the man­ager, be­cause I asked my­self the ques­tion ‘what am I do­ing wrong?’ about the sec­ond half against Tot­ten­ham, and the first half, be­cause it’s the way I like to see my team.

“We can play bet­ter foot­ball, miss­ing chances to score, but the com­mit­ment, the pas­sion that they showed to us in the first half was much big­ger than we showed to­gether.”

A trip to Manch­ester United on Sun­day con­tin­ues Ever­ton’s tough start to the sea­son, but Koe­man added: “We knew from the be­gin­ning of July that the start of the sea­son was re­ally tough.

“Okay, we need to ac­cept it, but that’s not the prob­lem. The prob­lem is what we showed in the first half to­gether.”

Ale­jan­dro Gomez cel­e­brates.

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