English midfielder Izzy Christiansen says Wednesday night’s Continental League Cup fixture is an opportunity for the team to bounce back following defeat in their last outing in the competition.
The Blues travel to Leicester City on Wednesday evening (7pm GMT) in what will be the beginning of Jean-Luc Vassuer’s tenure as manager of the women’s side.
Christiansen believes the cup clash can be a "fresh start" for the squad who are aiming for a winning start under their new boss.
“It’s the first fixture under the tenure of our new manager so the game has got big outcomes in many ways,” Christiansen exclusively told evertonfc.com. “For us, losing our first Continental Cup match a couple of weeks ago obviously wasn’t how we wanted to start in the competition.
“We have another chance now to put it right and get maximum points against an extremely tough to break down team in Leicester.
“They’re new to the top-flight but certainly not new in their experience.
“They’ve got some players who have played in the WSL for many years.
“It’s going to be a very difficult fixture but one we want to gain maximum points from so we can progress from the group stage and remain on-track for silverware this season.”
The 30-year-old opened up on what has been a transitional period for the team over the past few weeks.
Now, she says, the intensity of training sessions has increased, with every player in the group keen to be part of the first match under Vasseur’s stewardship.
“It’s been a very strange period for us as players,” added Christiansen.
“With the change of manager [during a season] it’s quite new to the women’s game.
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“We’ve had a little bit of time in between to reflect and analyse [the defeat to Manchester City], there’s obviously been huge changes within the Club in many ways, the manager appointment being the most prominent.
“This period now has given us some time to regroup, refocus, refresh and look ahead.
“In training, everyone is on their A-game, but for me it has to be like that all the time regardless if you’ve got a new manager or not.
“It’s really important that we buy into what the new manager wants us to do because he will have his processes, his vision on what he wants Everton Women to look like.
“We need to make sure the best chance for him to do that is for us to be on our A-game in every training session.
“If you’re at it every day then you’re doing your bit for the team.”
Regardless of whether Everton achieve maximum points in their remaining Conti Cup fixtures, progression to the knockout phases could be out of their hands.
But Christiansen has urged her teammates to keep their foot on the throttle in order to give themselves the best possible chance of progression in the competition.
“It’s all about winning and winning well," she explained.
“Trying to keep clean sheets and doing the right things even when perhaps the game is not going our way, it’s important to remain professional.
“The format of the competition is very open.
“We’re based in a region in the north west of England where there’s good competition.
“We’ve got some tough teams to play against in our group, so we have to be at our best.
“It was a bad start against Manchester City but we have a chance to rectify that on Wednesday and make sure that we’re on it for the next games in the competition.”