Marco Silva says he is confident his Everton players will embrace the challenge of taking on Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday.
The manager added his team “have shown they like these type of games” and stressed the importance of Everton executing their game plan against Pep Guardiola’s defending champions.
Silva revealed Idrissa Gana Gueye’s fitness will be assessed ahead of the clash after he picked up a "small problem" in the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Watford on Monday night.
The boss says he is under no illusions about the task facing his team, with City having won all eight of their home games in the top-flight this season.
The Portuguese highlighted the Toffees’ fearless displays away at top-six sides already this season, however, and believes his players will rise to the occasion at the Etihad Stadium.
“Of course, we will have our plan for the match,” he said. “We know City are a very good team with a very good manager, too. We know we are playing against possibly the best Premier League team. They have a lot of individual quality.
“It will be tough for us, but it is a good game for us to enjoy, to challenge a team like City.
“Our players have shown we like these type of games.”
A victory over City would see Everton regain sixth place in the Premier League table.
Silva says his players have been working tirelessly on the training pitch as he continues to implement his philosophy and is convinced his side will continue to progress.
“It is a process,” he said. “It is something we are doing since the first day.
“In some moments we are more happy with our performance and have got good results - and in the other moments we have to improve.
“We will continue to work hard to get better and achieve good results for the Club and our supporters.”