Silva: Positive Atmosphere Can Help Blues Flourish

by Peter Lennox

Marco Silva says creating a positive atmosphere where his players enjoy their football is instrumental to delivering high-class performances on matchday.

Silva insists his players’ hard work and application has been on show “from the first day in training”.

Double sessions have been the norm over the summer, as the manager seeks to quickly implement his ideas and philosophy. The players, meanwhile, have consistently spoken enthusiastically of Silva’s progressive training methods, with his focus on ball work and encouraging his charges to express themselves a key theme.

And, if Everton’s effervescent displays in their opening two Premier League games were anything to go by, this work already playing dividends.

Silva is now eager for his players to continue in this vein on Saturday when the Blues travel to the Vitality Stadium to take on Bournemouth.

He insists creating an encouraging and challenging atmosphere at the Club will only help his side to flourish.

“We have to develop our players and help them compete at a high level,” he said. “But it is important they are enjoying what they are doing, as well.

“And, of course, the most important to do everything to give 100 per cent and get a good result.

“We want to perform well. That is what the fans expect. I know the expectations are high because Everton is such a big club.”

For tangible evidence of the Blues’ implementing Silva’s ideas on a matchday, you need look no further than Everton’s opening goal against Southampton last Saturday.

With the near-40,000 inside Goodison Park expecting dead-ball specialist Gylfi Sigurdsson to have a dig after a free-kick was awarded 25 yards out, a slick move instead saw Leighton Baines find Morgan Schneiderlin. The Frenchman then played a pinpoint disguised pass into the path of Theo Walcott, who coolly slotted past Alex McCarthy in the Saints goal.

Silva admits he was thrilled to see the meticulously planned routine pay off.

“When something like that happens at the weekend - when we work on something and the players can transfer that to the match - it is very important for all of us,” he said.

“Every week we work on our defensive and offensive set-pieces and routines.

“If you have good players, good strikers of the ball, and good players to attack those balls it is important.

“Also, in defensive set-piece you have to keep working and grow as well. It is part of our process. It is something we are working since the first day. This week, we have worked in the same way, because in football the details can make the difference. We try to let the details make the difference for us.”

Silva was handed a further boost in training this week, as he revealed new signings Bernard and Kurt Zouma have made significant progress in their bid for match fitness.

Silva is relishing the prospect of having all his new signings available - Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina are also still to return to full training – and underlined his belief that increased competition for places will only drive up performance levels.

“The new signings are working hard, like all our players,” he said. “This week I saw Bernard really grow in his physical condition, Zouma is doing the same.

“Everything we did in the market was to improve our squad, to grow the competition in the side.

“I’m sure when we have all of them ready we will be stronger.”

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