Koeman: Blues Still Learning

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Ronald Koeman believes Everton can learn plenty from seeing their Club record Premier League home run ended by leaders Chelsea.

The Blues were hunting a ninth straight Goodison win on Sunday and matched Antonio Conte’s side for 66 minutes before Pedro finally broke the deadlock with a stunning 25-yard drive. 

Goals from Gary Cahill and Willian added gloss to a scoreline Koeman felt was harsh but the Dutchman remains positive about his side’s progress during his first campaign at the helm. 

Prior to Sunday, the Toffees had netted 29 home goals in 2017, conceding just six, but came unstuck against more clinical visitors as they slipped to only a second Goodison league defeat this term. 

“We had a good run at home,” said Koeman. “We did well and scored a lot of goals but we saw today that teams like Chelsea are difficult to beat because they have high quality players and the experience they showed after going 1-0 up to go and kill the game. That is the direction we want to go in.

“Our young players will have learned a lot also, much more than I can coach them. 

“To play on the pitch against a team like Chelsea, they will see the high quality [needed]. 

“But there is no criticism for our young players. They did well.”

Koeman also praised the contribution of loanee Enner Valencia, who came in to make just his fourth Premier League start of the season. 

“He did well,” he said. “He was running, making it really difficult and winning headers. 

“Maybe he needed a little bit more control in his last pass to Romelu [Lukaku], then we could have created a bigger chance than we did. 

“But he was dangerous, he was working hard, he was part of the team and that’s good.”

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