Ronald Koeman has shrugged off suggestions that his team are in crisis, insisting that things aren't as bad as they seem at Everton.
The Dutchman was in more phlegmatic mood at his press conference at Finch Farm ahead of Sunday's home game with Burnley than he was after last night's disappointing 2-2 draw with Apollon Limassol and he put his side's current difficulties down to the ups and downs of football.
Having declared that Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka remain doubts for Saturday and that decisions will be made over both players tomorrow, the manager explained that he was concerned but not overly so about his team's plight.
“[We need] these experienced players in what is a difficult situation,” he told the television media. “I don't see it as negative as most of you [do] but emotion is a part of football, disappointment is part of football and I showed it yesterday because one goal in the 88th minute is a different world.
“Now it's different. After watching the game back, most of the things I said I still agree [with]. We showed clips to the players, we spoke about how it's possible [to] have so many ball mistakes. But it's not as negative and black as everybody is thinking.
“Everybody understands the situation. I don't have a problem with the attitude of the players.
“In football, you have moments in the game when you are struggling, the confidence drops. If it's one player then it's not such a big problem but if you start the game how we started yesterday, it's a boost of confidence for the opponent.
“Maybe [the fear comes] from the pressure to win the game. We try to analyse everything but they are — and we are — human people. The situation is… it was possible to expect this situation when we knew all the fixtures in the beginning.
“You can lose against Chelsea, you can lose against Tottenham, you can lose against Man United and we played 10 more games, and we lost one of 10 [which] is really positive to this situation. So, it's not all so negative.
“I try to [choose] the best eleven and to start the game and the best system but it's not the time for more excuses because [they don't] count for you (the media).
“Okay, the next game is on Sunday and with a win everybody is happy and maybe we are back… that will be the newspaper [headlines] on Monday. And if we don't win, the [headlines] will be different. But that's football, that way of thinking from everybody.
“I've been in this job too long to lose my confidence but, yes, I am worried about the situation and how we can turn it around. But I have enough confidence to be the same manager that I was the last six, seven years when I was successful.”