Date: 10th September 2017 at 1:41pm
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Everton boss Koeman described Tottenham as “maybe with Man City, the best football side in the Premier League”.

Regarding the disappointing performance his own side produced, the Dutchman suggested the Toffees had initially been a match for their opponents before rapidly suffering in terms of confidence when the goals went in.

“I think until we went 1-0 down, we did well,” he said.

“Then going 1-0 down broke our confidence a little bit. We had problems with the diamond in the Tottenham midfield.

“They scored the second goal before half-time and at half-time we tried to pick up the team. We changed, making two substitutions, and changed a little bit the positions in midfield, to have a better control.

“But if you go out of the dressing room and start how we did in second half… That was poor. There was a misunderstanding between Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford, and after that, the next situation was that we were 3-0 down.

“Then I understand how difficult football can be – one team is full of confidence at that time, we were without any confidence. Then you see the difference.”

Asked about Everton’s aspirations of joining Tottenham as a top-six club and what the game showed in terms of how far away they are, Koeman – who made a raft of signings over the summer – said: “If you look at the second half, we are really far away.

“If you look at the first 30 minutes, it is different. But the difference between Everton and Tottenham is that they have worked a long time together now with the same players and it is not realistic to expect that Everton already is at that level.

“If you think we need to be at that level, then it will be really difficult.”

PA Sport
 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Harry Hotspur September 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm
  • Frontwheel 2 September 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Townsend playing his normal game,maybe that’s what was asked of him,not good enough.

  • Frontwheel 2 September 10, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I sense,feel it in my water and believe we are going on a long winning run.

    • HerveDeNerve September 10, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      We need to replace Sonny with a Hazard, Mkhitaryan, Salah, Willian, Pedro type player, these types can take a bump physically, commit defenders and are waspish in the final 3rd, then i can see us going to places like OT, Anfield and The Nazi HQ and winning

  • Frontwheel 2 September 10, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    What does that Dutch fucker know.

    • caveman September 10, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      He knows when he’s beat.

  • Matt September 10, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Wonder if we’ll play Aurier and Sanchez on Wednesday? My bet is we’ll play Sanchez but maybe it’s come a few weeks too early for Aurier

    • HerveDeNerve September 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      I hope so…just for their “in game” intelligence, experience and mentality, vital against teams like Dortmund

  • Mad Carew September 10, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Townsend went to Crystal Palace to stay in the Premier League, I wonder where he’ll go next Summer.

  • 💋 September 10, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    “… joining Tottenham as a top six club …”

  • Mad Carew September 10, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    If you take away the 3 goals there wasn’t really that much between the teams.

  • Horndog September 10, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    H, I have been a Dele critic. I have repeatedly said he needs to grow up, mature, stop acting like a punk, etc. But yesterday I thought he put in a shift, at least an improved performance. Maybe I should expect as much on the field as I do on the personal level. Either that or I should watch the match closer.

    • Harry Hotspur September 10, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      This lady agrees with me and Opta!

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      Clearly nothing wrong with her hands.

      • Gus September 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm

        I saw that during the game, cheeky tart. At least Delli didn’t pitch her out of her wheelchair

      • 💋 September 10, 2017 at 2:22 pm

        Is that Everton’s subs’ bench?

        • Gus September 10, 2017 at 2:23 pm

          That’s not Ross Barkley on the right is it?

          • 💋 September 10, 2017 at 2:31 pm

            The one with a golf club sticking out of his rucksack?

      • Horndog September 10, 2017 at 2:28 pm

        I am not disagreeing with your analysis as much as a I am questioning mine. Maybe I need an updated eye exam or even have my head examined. 😬

      • caveman September 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm

        She’s doing a Dele on Dele.

    • Gus September 10, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      👏 👏 👏

      • Still Nil Nil September 10, 2017 at 2:27 pm

        Dele should’ve done a cantona kick

  • ronwol196061 September 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    We make a big mistake we keep seeing Wembley as a home game we need to see it as an away game

  • AccringtonSpurs September 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Surprised that Davy Klaassen has had no impact on the prem so far. Looking like a huge bullet dodged. He was hauled off at half time.

    • Still Nil Nil September 10, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      Didn’t Modric start out like that at Spurs?

      • AccringtonSpurs September 10, 2017 at 2:12 pm

        no idea

    • Mattspurs September 10, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      He’s a 10, as is Siggy but Rooney seemed to play there – they were a shambles

      • Harry Hotspur September 10, 2017 at 2:55 pm

        Klaasen is decent player – one Poch wanted.

        • mattspurs September 10, 2017 at 5:13 pm

          I’m sure he is decent, but put him in a shit team, out of position and he’s not going to deliver!

  • HerveDeNerve September 10, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    One of the most dominant away performances (against decent opposition) I’ve ever seen from a Poch team yesterday. We are still missing too may chances and on other days we will go in at HT 2-0 up and it will be the opposition that score for 2-1, Burnley stole 2 points from us for the same reasons.

    If we can take our chances and put these types of games to bed by half time, it will no doubt help with the huge amount of games that we will have to deal with.

    I was in Dortmund last year when we were totally outplayed so really looking forward to Wednesday to see how far we’ve come. Poch WILL win the EPL….its just a question of when…COYS!

    For me, this would be my ultimate starting 11:

    Lloris
    Aurier
    Toby
    Sanchez
    Jan
    Rose
    Dembele
    Wanyama
    Alli
    Eriksen
    Kane

    Vorm
    Trippier
    Davies
    Dier
    Sonny
    Winks
    Lamela
    Llorente

    • Mattspurs September 10, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Davies is better than Rose now

      • Sexy Beast September 10, 2017 at 2:14 pm

        Who is this Rose fella?

      • HerveDeNerve September 10, 2017 at 2:38 pm

        Davies gets found out for pace, it’s his recovery pace, which for me is the only small weakness that we have in the team, on the flip side though, his delivery is far better than Rose’s

        • Mattspurs September 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm

          He has no pace, but rarely gets caught out – the opposite of Rose and Walker rho get caught out a lot but have the pace to recover

          • HerveDeNerve September 10, 2017 at 3:03 pm

            Matt….he got caught out big time in the first 10 mins, his opponent roasted him and got into our box and but for a last ditch slide form Toby, they would have gone 1-0…its these small things that make a BIG difference

            • mattspurs September 10, 2017 at 5:15 pm

              So he got caught out once which let someone put a cross in! – he also set up one goal, had a shot parried for another and created a number of chances.

    • Matt September 10, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Spot on lads. Swap Davies for Rose and that’s probably our strongest.

  • Aussie in Switzerland September 10, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Alternatively he could have said “we are shit”

    • Still Nil Nil September 10, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      If he wants his p45 he would say that

  • ronwol196061 September 10, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Harry Hotspur
    Ron, you’ve linked to an ‘article’ that is based around one pretty meaningless Tweet. Who do I see for a refund?

    I linked the article so you could see the tweet,You obviously missed it,you tweet

    • Harry Hotspur September 10, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      I’m glad I missed the Tweet. It was worth it’s weight in polystyrene chips.

      • ronwol196061 September 10, 2017 at 2:11 pm

        This was a Trumpish post Harry.

        • Harry Hotspur September 10, 2017 at 2:19 pm

          Terrible post. Terrible.

      • ronwol196061 September 10, 2017 at 2:11 pm

        Fake Chips

  • gus September 10, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    The longer things go on like that it remains to be seen how much rope Koeman will get. He showed at Saints that he is a good coach, just needs time to fit the pieces together probably

    • ronwol196061 September 10, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Koeman is from the Dutch school. Its about technical play and takes time to adjust. Hw ill gte them playing Im sure. At Southampton they had technical systems but at Everton the history has been a bit different. Evertons defence was always steady but seemed limp yesterday

  • gus September 10, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Holy cow, another blog??!!??

    • Still Nil Nil September 10, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      Where?