The Spain U21 international spoke to the media ahead of tonight's all-important Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City where the Toffees can advance to a Wembley date with local rivals Liverpool.
The build-up to the game has been overshadowed by injuries to both Muhamed Besic and Kevin Mirallas as well as Sunday's dismal home defeat to Swansea that effectively ended the pretence of a tilt at Champions League qualification this season.
Ending the club's 21-year trophy drought would be ample compensation, however, and Deulofeu 's excitement at the prospect of playing in the national stadium in a showpiece final next month comes through in his comments.
"My family will definitely come if we get there," he said. "Please, I hope the dogs can come too! I’ll sign for them! In Spain we need a stadium like this. I’ve never been and want to go for the first time with Everton. It’s an incredible possibility but first we have a very difficult game at Manchester City."
As the tournament's favourites, Premier League title hopefuls and top scorers in the top flight, Manuel Pellegrini's men will, of course, pose stern opposition on their own turf. Everton will take heart from their last visit to the Etihad Stadium two weeks ago where a determined, stubborn performance earned them a 0-0 draw where they became the first visiting team to hold City goalless for a year.
“We can beat anyone,” the 21-year-old continued. "I think we can win every game because we have an amazing team but in some parts of the game we need to take responsibility and concentrate more. It’s more in the head
Deulofeu is confident that Roberto Martinez's side have what it takes to win if they can rediscover the balance between attack and defence.
“We can beat anyone,” the 21-year-old continued. "I think we can win every game because we have an amazing team but in some parts of the game we need to take responsibility and concentrate more. It’s more in the head. We need to show more passion.
"The games against City and Chelsea we played so well and I don’t know why we couldn’t do it in others. Everton have possession and it’s ‘touch, touch’ but we all need to defend together and not concede so many goals. All of the players need to take more responsibility in defence.”
“We need to win and to get to Wembley. We have a very difficult game against City first but we can win because we are Everton. The results in the Premier League are bad but we are Everton and we have an amazing team. We will go to the Etihad for the win and to score because it will be important if we score. If I score then Manchester City will have to score two goals. Why not?"
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1 Posted 27/01/2016 at 17:36:52
2 Posted 27/01/2016 at 17:42:45
3 Posted 27/01/2016 at 18:46:37
4 Posted 27/01/2016 at 19:35:44
What's with this stamina business? Typical copycat chat. One bloke said Del and Ross looked knackered so a hundred others say the same. Some probably never saw the match. Well I saw the match and in the last 15 minutes those two lads were running everywhere. Because someone puffs and pants it doesn't mean he can't run.
With 5 minutes left, Ross raced back to the right-back spot, made a tackle, won the ball and sent it forward. Knackered or not, they kept going.
5 Posted 27/01/2016 at 23:32:21
He started fading badly then, but the decision to bring on Kone, as is replacement, was one of the most inexplicable substitutions I have ever seen in my life.
Having already bottled out with his starting eleven, where he chose to play a centre half out of position, rather than recall Coleman, Martinez, opened the pitch up for City.
In doing this he exposed Stones, instead of protecting him. And although we can feel hard done by with the ball being out of play, this absolutely pathetic sub, is the reason Everton have been knocked out the cup.
Get fit Gerry and don't waste the gift that your natural talent gives you Kid.
6 Posted 28/01/2016 at 07:48:21
His fitness.. Why is he always puffed out so early in games? Really he should be confined to a last 30 minute cameo role as sub until he gets fitter..
Secondly he needs to work on his shooting power. He's got the sane quick feet as Cristiano Ronaldo but the difference when Ronaldo was Gerry's age he ripped the leather off the ball with his shots.
Deulofeu needs to work on his leg power or smacking the ball hard against a target in training, the only way it will improve his power.
7 Posted 28/01/2016 at 07:58:53
It shows why Barca are not (yet anyway, maybe never) seeing him as a first teamer. His lack of fitness is baffling. Poor trainer? Eats the wrong stuff? Likes a pint? Who knows.
8 Posted 28/01/2016 at 09:04:13
Yes they have potential but they are not yet in the same category as the likes of Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo were at that age.
Rooney for example rarely made wrong decisions at the age of 17, and as much as I don't like admitting it Steven Gerrard was the lynchpin of the Liverpool team when he was 21.
With pur boys there's always something that's just holding them back and something that if they don't work on soon or have better tutelage then maybe they will never reach their full potential.
With Deulofeu it's the stamina, the end product, the shooting power needs working on to add goals to his game, he should watch old footage of Andrei Kanchelskis and say I want to be that powerful.
Likewise Stones needs someone to work on his basic defending, contrary to belief, it won't just come with age, it only comes through hard work, and a sensible tutor.
Until then I'm afraid, these guys will all be potential and nothing more.
9 Posted 28/01/2016 at 12:17:32
As much as I love the lad he and his team will go nowhere with that clown Martinez in charge.
Any other Premier League club would have sacked him by now but sadly, Everton are different.
10 Posted 29/01/2016 at 16:20:20
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