By Amir Mir
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has claimed he has “good” players under his command urged his new men to show ambition if they are to succeed next season.
The Merseyside club finished a disappointing 11th last term as ambitions for Europe were soon quashed as the club failed to find consistency despite scoring 59 league goals.
The Dutchman joined the Toffees from Premier League rivals Southampton after the sacking of manager Roberto Martinez last season and has urged his players to show that winning mentality.
“The players need to show the spirit and ambition they have to be a team,” Koeman told the Liverpool Echo. “That’s how we can win this season, that mentally we are a strong team.”
As reported by Football Insider, ball playing centre-back John Stones is close to a transfer record to Premier League rivals Manchester City.
But, Koeman insists the talents they have within the squad are capable of winning and used the triumphant display by Portugal at the recently concluded European Championships as an example.
“We have good players. We know we have some very good individual qualities in the team but as you saw in the Euros Portugal was not the best quality team but they won the Euros,” added Koeman to the Echo.
“Most of the time it’s all about the spirit, ambition and character and staying together.”
Leicester City were credited for their team spirit last season as they defied logic and won the Premier League title in one of the greatest triumphs in English football history.
Former Barcelona player, Koeman has praised the atmosphere around Finch Farm and the togetherness of the club as the new Premier League season draws closer.
“I have felt very comfortable from the first minute until now,” Koeman said.
“I feel that support that I have as the manager. Everybody is involved, everybody likes to help and that’s most important, that the staff show we have one direction.”
Koeman guided Southampton to a top-six finish last term, which played a big part in the former centre-back being appointed the manager at Goodison Park.
The former Dutch international urged his group to stay together as he stamps his experience and success on the young group of players.
“In good times its not so difficult, but in not so good times you have to be as one. That’s what we like to show the lads in the beginning of the season.” said Koeman.
The 53-year-old will begin life as Everton manager at home to Tottenham on August 13 as he looks to secure a European spot for the Premier League outfit.
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