Marco Silva says his Everton team has an obligation to always try to produce “something special” for their supporters.
Silva is poised for his first Goodison Park match as Toffees manager, with Southampton visiting for Everton’s opening home fixture of the campaign on Saturday.
He expects to encounter a resilient Saints team but is promising the Blues will invest maximum effort to achieve a positive result. And Silva insists his side is determined to continue strengthening its bond with Evertonians.
“My first official match at Goodison as the manager of Everton – it will be very good and a very important day for me and my staff,” Silva told evertontv
“But it is important for the players as well. I said from my first day, it is important we build something special.
“At home and away – but especially at home.
“The relationship between our squad and our fans means we need to always give them something special.
“We have to try to perform every time but if there are some moments when you cannot perform well, you must give 100 per cent hard work to win the match.
“It is what the supporters deserve. We will give that every time – and after try to perform well for them, so they enjoy our game.
“Southampton will have good defensive organisation – it is something Mark Hughes likes to have in his teams – but it is up to us to work well, to play fast and create chances to score."
Silva, who revealed new signings Yerry Mina (foot) and Andre Gomes (hamstring) are unavailable for the clash with Southampton with minor injuries, was also eager to praise the application and hunger of his players on the training pitch.
Competition for places in Silva’s starting line-up is fierce, with the Blues having also added electric winger Richarlison, France international defenders Lucas Digne and Kurt Zouma, Brazil forward Bernard and Joao Virginia, the young Portuguese goalkeeper, to their squad.
“I have seen everybody working really hard since the day we started in pre-season,” he explained.
“We have made new signings and I want there to be competition for each position. As a squad, it is the way I like to work. I like to have problems when making my decisions.
“It is how we will grow as a squad.”