With four wins from five to start the season, the Dutchman has not only stabilised Everton after a dreadful sequence of results over the last third of last season under his predecessor, he has prompted talk among the national press regarding the Blues being potential championship contenders.
Koeman insists that such talk is premature and that he doesn't expect the top teams to falter in the same manner in which they did last season when Claudio Ranieri's Foxes romped to the most unlikely Premier League title triumph in history.
Having dismissed talk of Everton even finishing in the Champions League places last week, his sights remain firmly on qualifying for the Europa League.
“I don't think we could [do ‘a Leicester']," the Dutchman told the media at Finch Farm today, "but you never know. Normally not, and what is normal in life is normal in football.
“I'm realistic. If I tell you that we will fight for the title then most people would say, ‘that man is crazy.' Come, on — why do we need to change our minds about our aspirations and our ambition after [taking] 13 points from 15?
“The big teams have many more qualities. If they don't disappoint like last season then it will be impossible [for a team like Everton]."
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1 Posted 19/09/2016 at 19:01:25
Just keep plodding along nicely, it's only 5 games played, not 35!
2 Posted 19/09/2016 at 19:15:18
IMHO after the 5 games that both teams have played Gana is definitely the stand out man.
Lead us on, Ronald Koeman COYB!
3 Posted 19/09/2016 at 19:19:27
4 Posted 19/09/2016 at 19:20:35
As Ronald Koeman recently said, we need other members of the team to be weighing in with goals to support Romelu. Possibly Valencia, if he turns out to be anything like our other signings.
Be interested to know what's on the WWL for the January transfer window. If we are still doing reasonably well, come Christmas, that could be the difference between success, (whatever that is), or simply an improved season.
All I know is, at the moment, I feel good. Really good. Looking forward to the Norwich game, whoever plays.
5 Posted 19/09/2016 at 19:43:19
6 Posted 19/09/2016 at 19:47:48
Realistically the big? Will drop points against each other, it depends On whether they drop points against lower opposition as well.
I'm rambling I know but it's all in our hands as it is at the start of every season, just that this season our hands have a firmer grip on things.
You never know though?
7 Posted 19/09/2016 at 19:59:59
8 Posted 19/09/2016 at 20:02:38
9 Posted 19/09/2016 at 20:11:07
I think chances of top 4 are very realistic and I'd be well happy if we achieved that.
10 Posted 19/09/2016 at 20:14:54
Are you sure he wasn't feeding them it after a loss?
11 Posted 19/09/2016 at 20:38:01
12 Posted 19/09/2016 at 20:47:36
13 Posted 19/09/2016 at 21:02:40
Gouda enough for me, Gordon.
14 Posted 19/09/2016 at 21:29:37
15 Posted 19/09/2016 at 22:01:26
How long did Ranieri keep saying "40 points first?" And when they zoomed past that and got better and better, there were what 5-6 games remaining before he finally stated they were in for the Title?
By the way, loved "The big teams have many more qualities. If they don't disappoint like last season then it will be impossible [for a team like Everton]."
There's the gauntlet thrown down to our boys.
16 Posted 19/09/2016 at 22:36:37
The bigger problem though is that 'doing a Leicester' this season will mean coming a distant second to Man City.
17 Posted 19/09/2016 at 22:48:33
18 Posted 19/09/2016 at 23:25:13
19 Posted 19/09/2016 at 23:27:12
That was so cheesy!
Got me in stitches mate.
20 Posted 19/09/2016 at 00:05:45
"English writers delicately described the primary male garment as "Adam's Apron" for "their secret parts." But the Dutch more frankly called it a clootlap, or "balls cover.""
21 Posted 20/09/2016 at 00:27:21
Didn't Leicester once have a goalie called Peter Stilton
A Norwegian Red is still much more likely than a Danish Blue
I'd go on, but I think the men in white coats are coming!!
22 Posted 20/09/2016 at 06:45:08
Against City, we'll have to play very Caerphilly...
23 Posted 20/09/2016 at 07:16:52
I know the Koeman effect will probably make a big difference but I would rather see the reaction to a loss before I start talking about winning the title.
24 Posted 20/09/2016 at 08:22:55
Lukaku scoring from cheddars. No more pretty little Dairylea triangles. Paesanellaing accuracyâ€¦
It's whey feta than last gruyere and Saint Agurs well for the future. This curd brie something really gouda. They've ricotta do better than the urda lot. It'll be a right Swiss if they don'tâ€¦
25 Posted 20/09/2016 at 08:47:32
If he has to work gradually towards it then he'll hopefully fall in love with the club, have more invested and we'll have a better shot of keeping the guy for a bit longer.
Actually, no fuck it. Please win the league this year RK! It's been too long. I beg you! Win anything!
26 Posted 20/09/2016 at 08:49:57
27 Posted 20/09/2016 at 08:53:38
28 Posted 20/09/2016 at 12:17:59
On a serious note, Kieran (#23), I think we had an inclination of what might happen in the face of adversity when they went behind to Boro. And I have faith in Koeman to handle the situation when it happens.
My main concern is health and fitness, over a season. Particularly, if we are doing well in more than one competition, which is entirely feasible. That's why the January transfer window could be so important.
In the meantime, I've got a gottle of gear ready for tonight. COYB's!
29 Posted 20/09/2016 at 18:09:41
30 Posted 27/09/2016 at 10:31:01
31 Posted 29/09/2016 at 11:03:42
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