Koeman: We Know What's Needed In Attack

Everton boss Ronald Koeman says his squad “know what to do” in order to become more of an attacking threat.

The Blues have netted five goals in two successive victories after a run of four games without scoring, but Koeman wants more from his forwards.

The Dutchman is confident that his attack to face Apollon Limassol in the Europa League on Thursday will know exactly what is expected of them to fire Everton to victory.

“I know we need to improve our attacking,” he said. “One aspect of that is creating chances and one is the confidence of players. That’s football. I am not worried - I believe in the qualities of our strikers.

“In the beginning of the season we had some new players and we had injuries. You have to try to find the best way to attack. Now we know what we need to do to create more.

“It is a factor that we have to do that, but you start to worry if you don’t have good players. We have good forwards and different options.

“We had a bad result against Atalanta but we have a good squad. The team that starts will be the strongest that we feel is available. If we change players it doesn’t mean it is weaker, because it gives opportunities to others.”

Koeman has also called for more aggression from his side as they look to get their Europa League group E campaign back on track after the defeat to Italian side Atalanta last time out.

But the Blues boss is aware they face a tricky test against the Cypriot outfit, who earned a last-gasp 1-1 draw with French giants Lyon in their opening group match.

“They are team that like to play football and are comfortable on the ball,” added Koeman. “They had a draw against Lyon at home, which is a good result. It is important for Apollon to be part of Europe.

“We have analysed them. We know it won’t be an easy game - they are aggressive and like to press.

“But is more important to focus on ourselves. We need to respect Apollon but we need to be more aggressive. We are at home and need a win.” 


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