Marco Silva says he is hoping that his players show belief and that can perform like they did in the Anfield derby when Liverpool come to Goodison Park on Sunday.
The second all-Merseyside affair of the season will see a Blues team bent on revenge for what was a painful defeat inflicted by substitute Divock Origi's stoppage-time goal back in early December and which sparked a miserable run of form.
In the interim, Everton had won just three times in the Premier League before Tuesday's trip to Cardiff where they registered a handsome 3-0 win which will hopefully provide the shot in the arm they will need as they bid to win their first derby in nine years.
“We have to be ourselves and believe in ourselves,” Silva said in his pre-match press conference at Finch Farm. “It's a long period without a [derby] win for us as a football club. That shows it's a difficult match.
“First, if we can perform at the manner we did in the last match in December, it will be very good because with that kind of performance we are close to winning the match.
“If I could sign [something] to get that kind of performance I would sign it straight away because that means we would be really close to winning because in that match we deserved something more.
“It is a derby, a tough match and if the game is really balanced, in some moments the team with more emotional balance will take the better decisions," the Portuguese continued.
"It is really important to be aggressive, competitive, but with emotional balance to take the right decisions at the right moments, and to take the normal pressure of this game away. Because I know the atmosphere will be fantastic, our fans will be there for us to compete and challenge for every ball."
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1 Posted 02/03/2019 at 05:29:33
Coleman Keane Zouma Digne
Gana Sigurdsson Gomes
Lookman Calvert-Lewin Bernard
Bench: Stekelenburg, Richarlison, Davies, Kenny. Tosun, Walcott, Schneiderlin.
2 Posted 02/03/2019 at 06:36:45
Coleman Keane Zouma Digne
Gueye, Sigurdsson Schniederlin,
Walcott Calvert-Lewin Bernard
I thought playing Schneiderlin worked well against Cardiff, it freed up Gueye to be more attacking and it worked. Think he'll plump for Walcott over Lookman for his pace and experience.
Just hope Tuesday night has injected a bit of confidence back into the players, they've been so lacking in it for weeks, since you know when.
I remain positive that we'll put up a fighting performance and get a result. COYB!
3 Posted 02/03/2019 at 07:11:22
4 Posted 02/03/2019 at 07:17:21
5 Posted 02/03/2019 at 07:19:37
Coleman Jags Keane Digne
Walcott Sigurdsson Bernard
I'll probably get destroyed for this, but I think Jags should play, he organises our defence like no other player we have. Schneiderlin didn't do too bad either, against Cardiff albeit. Richarlison needs to be dropped. Some tough decisions for Silva, hopefully he chooses the right ones.
6 Posted 02/03/2019 at 07:55:05
Using zouma to man mark mane as hes a menace. Also a couple of young uns as they know what it means to play those bastards. I think this game could be the making of Davies. COYB
7 Posted 02/03/2019 at 09:04:34
We have to have a measure of control in the middle to stop their breaks – otherwise, we are in for trouble.
Three in the middle is a must for me.
8 Posted 02/03/2019 at 09:05:08
I would keep Jagielka for his experience as opposed to Keane who will not be required to head out many crosses. Balls to feet on the edge of the box will need defenders who can turn on a tanner, so old Jags for me.
9 Posted 02/03/2019 at 09:10:34
10 Posted 02/03/2019 at 09:18:43
Schneiderlin also isn't going to start 2 games in 5 days when he's not played in months, so Gomes comes in fresh.
And there's no way in hell that Richarlison is not starting; because a hammering here and he could very well lose his mentor. That should be motivation enough and the kid has a real talent.
I'd like to see Bernard start, but Walcott is a fine player if he just have some composure in the final third.
11 Posted 02/03/2019 at 12:01:25
Cut the bullshit, motivate the players, have a plausible strategy and beat these arrogant arseholes.
My prediction is 1-0 Blues.
12 Posted 02/03/2019 at 13:53:21
Everton to break the jinx and perhaps, break the mould and gain fresh hope and belief.
13 Posted 02/03/2019 at 14:47:02
14 Posted 02/03/2019 at 15:32:27
If we are criticizing the man for not motivating his players, then let's at least get his words right, if the above is a full and correct report and nothing has been lost in interpretation.
15 Posted 02/03/2019 at 15:38:54
Everton haven't had real belief against Liverpool since Joe Royle left, and I can still remember our last victory against them because I left the ground livid. I was absolutely fuming that day because I felt they were ripe for a proper hiding but Moyes and his merry men were more than content with scoring just two goals.
16 Posted 02/03/2019 at 17:39:05
If he would sign whoever it is straight away then clearly the players he's telling to believe in themselves don't have it. Maybe it's him they don't believe in...
17 Posted 02/03/2019 at 17:49:49
18 Posted 02/03/2019 at 23:52:26
I agree with your selection of Walcott before Lookman. He helps Everton keep their shape and tracks back. His performance against Cardiff was his best for some time.
He got the second highest touches for an outfield player, which is a lot better than his usual worst touches stats. Lookman hasn't been coached to track back.
19 Posted 03/03/2019 at 00:07:28
Walcott has quite simply been poor, his speed and movement means he creates space, but he is just too wasteful, far too wasteful.
Lookman has not done enough, but I think he is actually better suited to playing on the left and cutting inside.
Bernard, maybe on the right, cutting inside onto his left would be better. Or, drop Richarlison, Bernard on left, Calvert-Lewin on right, and Tosun up front (or Sigurdsson as a false 9).
20 Posted 03/03/2019 at 02:51:01
I remember Jagielka scoring a belter a couple of seasons ago, another sprinting from his own penalty area and turarsing towards the Annie Road end to square a ball for our equalizer when people had written him off.
What Jagielka lacks in pace now, he more than makes up for settling our defence down, and throwing his body to block a shot, rather than back off.
I would start with Jags.
21 Posted 03/03/2019 at 06:54:38
We've got to be 100% positive for 98 minutes, no silly lapses in concentration. We can beat them and every Blue in the ground needs to back every one of our lads throughout the game, especially if there is a set-back along the way.
Lift your heads up and roar till you are hoarse, we will overcome! It's going to take courage, determination, self-belief and – with the greatest supporters in the land – we will do it!!! COYB
22 Posted 03/03/2019 at 09:20:40
I recall Gerrard talking about the Derby; how they would prepare during the week prior to the game and once in the tunnel, focus and only one thing on their minds; giving Everton a good tonking. He mentions our lot in the tunnel exchanging niceties and smiling.
Jags is the club captain; nice guy but he should be drilling the importance of this game into the motley crew that we'll be fielding.
Rooney Mll couldn't believe the soft approach in training taken by our lot in the week prior and that's down to leadership. He's been a good servant but the game needs bite.
23 Posted 03/03/2019 at 09:43:18
24 Posted 03/03/2019 at 11:43:23
I'd feel more comfortable with Jags in to bring cohesion to the back four but he's found two games a week tough for at least a couple of years so it's unlikely.
25 Posted 03/03/2019 at 20:37:05
I might be getting old but I've seen more passion in a Mars bar.
Frankly, I don't understand most of what he says and on a motivation scale of 1-10 he ranks about a 3 in my book.
26 Posted 03/03/2019 at 21:14:24
Its no good doing it every so often, but I think Evertons biggest problem was that they needed more quality in the final third, but I dont think you could criticise the motivation of the players today, except maybe Walcott and Schniederlin?
More passion in a Mars Bar? Ive said it before, but theres nothing to get old for in this world mate.
27 Posted 04/03/2019 at 12:09:00
Tony @ 26, nail, hit, bang on the head there mate, definitely need more quality in the final third, and like you say the commitment was there with the exception of the two you mentioned. Why does he keep picking players that have proved, time and time again, that they are not up to the job? As far as Schneiderlin was concerned, I hope that was his last game for us, I can't stand seeing him disgrace the royal blue shirt.
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