Distin's Recipe For Success
Frenchman ready for Sturridge and Suarez.
Sylvain Distin says he still looks forward to the Merseyside derby as much as he did when he first became an Evertonian.
The Frenchman joined the Club in 2009 and is this weekend set to make his 10th appearance against Liverpool as a Blues defender.
And Distin admits that he still gets the adrenaline rush on derby day.
“I want to play them every week,” Distin told evertontv. “I moved to England to play those kind of games and I’m still working hard to play in them now.
“If the gaffer decided to put me on the bench, I’d be devastated because I want to play against them [Liverpool]. No matter what the result is at the end of the day, I want to be there.”
Distin is particularly relishing the challenge of keeping the Premier League’s most in-form strike pairing quiet on Saturday afternoon.
At Goodison Park, Distin and centre-half partner Phil Jagielka have blunted West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur’s forward line this season.
They are now aiming to keep Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, who have netted 18 goals between them this season, at arm's length in the 221st Merseyside derby.
“Defensively, that has been our main strength since I have been at the club,” Distin said. “I’m not saying that’s because of me but defensively we have been pretty strong.
“It’s going to be tough opposition – they [Sturridge and Suarez] are unstoppable at the minute – but we are going to do everything to stop that. It’s a challenge that we will embrace.”
Distin was speaking to evertontv after making a special appearance at Everton in the Community’s award-winning Safe Hands initiative.
The Frenchman took part in a cookery session at Finch Farm and answered questions from youngsters about his diet, favourite food and even his own cooking ability.
The scheme, which recently took the top prize for the ‘Community Initiative of the Year’ at the North West Football Awards, helps to integrate young offenders back into the community by equipping them with qualifications and life skills, including culinary expertise to ensure they can eat healthily and affordably.
Distin continued: “It’s important for us to give something back to the community, and I really enjoyed meeting the youngsters.
“I love the idea of the scheme, I strongly believe that it’s important to offer young people a second chance and to show them that crime isn’t the way to go.
“It’s important for them to know about the benefits of eating healthily and living a good lifestyle, so hopefully I taught them a few things.”
For more information about the Safe Hands project, visit evertonfc.com/community.