Mirallas Eyes Flying Start

Kevin Mirallas insists Everton will not dwell on Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Espanyol - and instead focus on final preparations for next weekend’s Premier League curtain-raiser against Tottenham Hotspur.

It was a story of two penalties as the Blues took on Los Periquitos at Goodison Park, with Léo Baptistāo converting his early spot kick before Ross Barkley’s powerful effort was brilliantly saved.

But Belgian winger Mirallas believes another 90 minutes of action was the most important aspect of the day as the Toffees continue to build towards the visit of Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs.

“The most important thing was to prepare ourselves for the first Premier League game,” he told evertontv. “It wasn’t easy because we conceded a penalty after five minutes and then we missed a penalty ourselves, but that is football sometimes. 

“Ross struck his penalty very well but the goalkeeper made a very, very good save. Sometimes you score and sometimes you don’t - but I’d prefer Ross to have not scored today and score next week.

“We had a lot of possession and two or three chances in the second half. It was important that the team worked hard and, although it wasn’t our best football, everyone is working towards getting ready for next week.

“There are opportunities to win trophies this season and I know how important that is for the fans and this Club.”

Mirallas, who scored a spectacular free-kick against Barnsley last month, revealed he is enjoying life under Ronald Koeman after featuring heavily in the pre-season fixture list.

The 28-year-old has also backed a sold-out crowd to inspire Everton victory next week when competitive action returns Goodison Park.

He added: “It’s a great game to start because I think they were one of the best teams in the Premier League last season. I hope we can have lots of success this season and, with a full stadium behind us, we can win the first game against Spurs.

“I’ve worked hard in pre-season and I feel physically stronger. I’m very happy playing under the new manager, I’ve enjoyed the freedom he’s given me on the pitch.

“I’ve played a lot of games and I feel very good.”

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