Round Sees ‘Immense Desire’
Assistant boss admites he has been overwhelmed by Everton's fans.
Steve Round says he sees ‘immense desire’ in Everton's squad - and believes the fans have sensed it too.
The Blues assistant boss admits he has been overwhelmed by supporters in his first season with the Club and is expecting an unparalleled cacophony of noise at the FA Cup final on Saturday.
On his last trip to Wembley, for the semi-final, Round had to halt his pre-match warm-up as players were struggling to hear his instructions.
Was he put out? Not one bit.
"The players give everything they can for that blue shirt and you can tell they have an immense desire to be successful for Everton," Round told evertonTV.
"I think the fans relate to that and they give it back in equal measure.
"A lot of people say their supporters have been their 12th man because it's the right thing to say but, actually, at Everton, it's true.
"They went to Fulham on the last day of the season and filled the whole end of the ground - it was like playing at home. They're just fantastic. And Wembley - I've never heard anything as loud as Z-Cars when we came out for the semi. There were 40-odd thousand Evertonians blasting it out as loud as they possibly could.
"I had to stop the warm-up, I've said that before. It was that loud the players couldn't hear or focus, but it was great."
Having seen Everton force goalless draws from their two league encounters with Saturday's opponents Chelsea, Round knows a tight game could be in the offing.
But it's nothing the Blues of Merseyside can't handle.
"They were two hard fought games, very tight," he said. "Both teams are playing very well, and I think the final will be very similar in terms of the match-up.
"Chelsea are arguably one of the best sides in the world and they've got some fantastic players.
"But we're a good team too, and we've proven over the course of the season that we can compete with the best."