Muhamed Besic has revealed how Ronald Koeman has told his players they must approach each of Everton’s pre-season friendlies like a competitive fixture in order be as prepared as possible for the new Premier League season.
The Blues beat Barnsley and MK Dons in their first two warm-up fixtures, although boss Koeman was honest in his assessment of Tuesday night’s 3-1 win at Stadium MK by admitting there are areas in the team’s performance where improvement is needed
That is why Besic believes it is important Everton head to Germany on Thursday full of determination to return to with the Dresden Cup to their name.
The Toffees face the tournament hosts on Friday night (7.30pm UK) and Spanish outfit Real Betis early on Saturday afternoon (12.30pm UK) - matches which are being broadcast live on evertontv.
“Every game, for me, is like a Premier League game. You have to always give your best,” Besic declared.
“The coach wants this also from us and we have to do that. Every friendly game has to be treated like a Premier League game.
“We will give our best to win every game. We will give our best to win the [Dresden] cup.
“German sides and Spanish sides are different. German sides are more organised and Spanish sides like to press a lot. It will be a really good test for us.”
The weekend trip sees Besic return to the country where he grew up.The midfielder’s parents are Bosnian but he was born and raised in Germany, with his first professional club being Bundesliga outfit SV Hamburg.
He later went on to move to Hungarian club Ferencvaros before making the switch to Goodison Park two summers ago.
“I was born in Germany and Dresden is just two-and-a-half hours from my home town,” he added. “I like to be back in Germany because it was my home.
Besic has never scored a competitive goal for Everton, still he was pleased to find the net in Tuesday’s friendly victory over MK Dons.
“I just played 30 minutes but I was really happy to score a goal,” he continued. “I will just keep working and hopefully there will be more goals.”
Everton’s pre-season schedule concludes with a home clash with Espanyol on Saturday 6 August - Ronald Koeman’s first match in charge at Goodison.
Tickets for this match are now on general sale - click here to buy.