'We're Tough To Beat At Home'

Ronald Koeman is looking for Everton to continue making it difficult for opponents to come to Goodison Park ahead of the visit of Manchester City on Sunday.

The Toffees have been beaten only once in the league on home soil this season and Koeman is confident his side can compete against title-chasing City as they look to bounce back from FA Cup disappointment last week.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Blues boss said he wanted to see an aggressive performance from his players against Pep Guardiola’s charges.

“We try to do everything to get a high position in the table,” he said. “We know it is not easy to beat the big teams but we are ready. We had a big disappointment last week but we have lost only one game at home and that was in the last minute in the derby.

“Everybody knows it is difficult to beat Everton at home.

“After the Leicester defeat, it is best to have another opportunity soon after. We know we need to be very good. We still have in our minds the game away against Manchester City, and they had a great performance last week against West Ham.

“But if we go face-to-face on Sunday and we play with that aggression and with our pressing, then we can make it very difficult for them.”

Koeman was also asked about his memories of Graham Taylor, who passed away on Thursday. Taylor was the England manager when Holland beat them 2-0 to clinch the final qualification spot ahead of the 1994 World Cup, with Koeman on target in that match.

“I didn’t know him well but I know the story about his life, and of course what happened that day in Holland in that qualification game against England,” he added. “He was unlucky at that time.

“It is sad news for everyone. He was only 72 and that is too young. I have read all of the great comments about him as a man and as a manager.”

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