Olsen: I Have Come To Everton To Win

Robin Olsen believes he is joining an Everton squad primed for success under manager Carlo Ancelotti, as he declared: “I have come here to win".

In his first interview since signing for the Blues on a season-long loan from Serie A side Roma on Monday, the Swedish goalkeeper added he is savouring the chance to help the Club “push forward” after an exceptional start to the Premier League season.

Olsen brings a wealth of elite-level experience to Everton.

He has played in the Champions League for three different clubs – Malmo, FC Copenhagen and Roma.

The 30-year-old is Sweden’s current number one goalkeeper and has earned 37 senior international caps.

Olsen says joining a Premier League club is the realisation of a lifelong ambition – and revealed his excitement about linking up with a squad with such deep reserves of quality.

Olsen became Everton's sixth signing during the transfer window, following the acquisitions of full-back Niels Nkounkou, midfielders Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure, playmaker James Rodriguez and centre-back Ben Godfrey.

“From what I have watched this season, the team looks really, really good,” Olsen told evertontv. "They have been fantastic.

“And I hope we can continue with that now.

“I am so happy to be able to say that – ‘we’ – and to be part of this team.

“It’s a perfect atmosphere to join, I think. When it is going good for the team, everyone is happy. Everybody is positive – but they want more, too.

“This club has big ambitions and you can see that with the players they have signed.

“I understand it is a lot of pressure to play for Everton, because it is such a big club. But I like the pressure – because it puts pressure on myself also.

“You have responsibility for the shirt you wear, for the Club and for the fans.

“I want to win. When you win something, that is the best feeling.

“And if you see the start we have had, you need to believe we can win something. I believe in it.”

Olsen added he is relishing the opportunity to play under a manager of Ancelotti’s calibre, having come up against the Italian’s Napoli side during his time at Roma.

“He is a top, top coach,” said Olsen. "He is very respected in Italy and all over the world.

“I spoke to both Carlo Ancelotti and [Director of Football] Marcel Brands on Monday, just after the deal was closed.

"They called me to welcome me to Everton and say they were happy to bring me and were looking forward to seeing me.

“We had a short chat and it was really nice to speak with them.

“I answered the phone to the manager in Italian, and then he started to speak in Italian.

"I had to ask him to continue in English because I have problems to speak Italian – I understand but I have problems speaking!”

Olsen is joining an Everton team high on confidence having kicked off the season with seven straight victories. That run represents the Blues’ best start to a campaign since 1894.

The keeper is currently on international duty with Sweden ahead of their matches with Russia, Croatia and Portugal – and explained how the Toffees' sensational form has hit the headlines in his homeland.

“All the newspapers in Sweden are writing about Everton because the team is top of the league,” he said.

“It is exciting to be a part of that and see what we can achieve this season.”

He added: “One of my very good friends in Sweden and his father are really, really big Everton fans.

“When I spoke to my friend before the season – he told me it’s going to be a really good season for Everton. He was so positive and happy."

Olsen was an instrumental figure in his country’s run to the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and kept clean sheets in three of Sweden’s five matches during the tournament.

He has impressed in Champions League matches at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu and Juventus’ Allianz Arena as well as performing in the red-hot atmosphere of a Rome derby.

When asked by evertonfc.com how he approaches playing in games of such magnitude, his response was immediate and emphatic.

“I love it,” he said.

“You want to play in the big games, like the World Cup, when every game is a big occasion.

"In the World Cup, you have the pressure from the whole country. And when you play in the Champions League, then you have the pressure from the club and fans, and the whole of Europe is watching the games.

“Pressure brings experience when you play those kind of games. I think it can help me, because I know every game for Everton is a big match."

Everton now boast three senior international goalkeepers in their ranks – Olsen, England stopper Jordan Pickford and Denmark’s Jonas Lossl.

Portugal Under-21 keeper Joao Virginia makes up a talented quartet of keepers at manager Ancelotti’s disposal.

“It is a good group with very good goalies,” Olsen added.

“When you push each other, everybody gets better.

“I hope my style is well suited to English football. I like crosses and the duels.

"I know it is a powerful league. It is a physical league. It goes a little bit faster than Serie A.

“After my time in the national team, I want to come to Everton and prepare myself to train with the boys and learn the tempo as quickly as I can.

"I also know I want to improve myself. I want to be better in everything."