Joan Carrillo, the manager of Hajduk Split, has warned Everton that his team will go on the attack in Thursday evening’s second leg, believing they can overturn the 2-0 lead the Blues hold from the first meeting on Merseyside.
The Spaniard acknowledged that the Croatians “competed” a week ago at Goodison Park - but insisted Hajduk will now be going all out to make it through to the group stage.
The hosts go into Thursday’s clash at the 34,000 Poljud Stadium on the back of a 4-0 away victory at Rudeš Zagreb in the Croatian top division at the weekend.
“In the first leg, I found out that Everton really like to play directly to the goal but we realised that we can also play against them and we created some chances,” said Carrillo.
“I think Everton have a very good squad of players but it’s important just to think about the game, Hajduk v Everton. We are not thinking about the names [of the Everton players].
“Tomorrow, it will be a very good game with a very good atmosphere. Everton are a very good team and at Goodison Park we competed. Now, at Poljud, I want to win.”
Carrillo took his seat in the media room just minutes after Ronald Koeman had finished his pre-match press conference.
The Everton manager spoke at length about Wayne Rooney’s decision to retire from international football, and Carillo was also full of praise for the career that the 31-year-old had enjoyed with England.
“Wayne Rooney is a top player. He is a top player for Everton, and has been a top player for Manchester United and the England national team,” added the Hajduk manager.
“Rooney, he is a guy a who has scored 200 goals in the Premier League, just the second player to do that. The first is Alan Shearer.
“He has been a very good player, technically and professionally. When he plays, he always does his best for 95 minutes.”