Silva Challenges Blues To Maintain Performance Levels

by Peter Lennox
@Everton

Marco Silva has challenged his Everton players to maintain their impressive performance levels as they go in search of a fourth consecutive Premier League victory at Fulham on Saturday (3pm).

The Portuguese says his team must show the same “desire, focus and quality” displayed in wins over Chelsea, West Ham United and Arsenal when they visit Craven Cottage.

The Blues’ fine run of form has taken them to within one point of seventh-placed Leicester City in the table.

Fulham’s relegation to the Championship is already confirmed and the Cottagers are without a top-flight victory since 29 January.

Silva is expecting a tough test, however, and says his team must be on their mettle if they are to extend their winning run.

“It will big challenge for us and just in our best level we can achieve the three points and give that good feeling to our fans,” he said.

“We have to put our full focus on the match and show our desire, and our quality also.

“We have to approach the match like we did the last three. I respect Fulham and can see real quality in them.

“Our idea is to win against all the teams we play against.

“I am happy when we achieve good results. When you see our players perform like we did in the past few games and when you give good feelings to our fans, it is the best feeling a manager can have. 

“Our job, when you finish one match, is to think of the next.

“It is a big challenge for us. We are doing the right things, we are working well in training and making the right transfer to the match. Now, against Fulham, is the next moment to prove ourselves.”


Everton have accumulated 13 points from their past six Premier League matches.

The Blues have recorded five clean sheets in this period, a statistic Silva believes reflects both the growing relationship between his players and their increasing understanding of his tactical philosophy.

The manager also revealed Michael Keane is fit and available for Saturday's clash having recovered from illness, while Yerry Mina remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

“For us to have a clean sheet, we have to be a block,” he said. “We start with good shape with our striker and our offensive midfielder. 

“In our model, they are the first two players who start defending.
 
"Our idea is, we can only attack well if we have a good balance, being solid. It is everything we did in the past few games and it has to be our aim to keep doing this.

“And like is normal, the players are more settled and they know each other better.

“Everything we were doing since the first day, we don’t change many things, but in recent matches we have had full focus in every moment and been more mature also.”

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