'It will be a miracle' - Koeman delivers honest admission ahead of Man City v Everton clash
By Aramide Oladipo
Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes that his side will struggle to keep a clean sheet against Manchester City on Monday, stating that “it will be miracle”.
The Merseyside club travel to the Etihad Stadium to face Pep Guardiola’s City side in their second Premier League encounter of the new campaign.
The Toffees have enjoyed an excellent start to the new season, winning all four of their opening matches in all competitions without conceding a single goal.
Speaking ahead of the Monday night clash, Koeman, as quoted in the Guardian, admits that it will be difficult to contain City away from home but he is fully focused on coming away with a positive result.
“If we get a clean sheet on Monday I don’t know if it will be a miracle,” he said.
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“Maybe it will but we do know we are strong defensively, our defensive organisation is strong. The key to getting a good result is what we do when we have the ball and that’s what our preparation will be about.
“You have different ways to play, we will look at the best way to get a good result.”
The last time the two teams faced each other, not only did Everton secure a clean sheet, they produced an excellent performance and beat Guardiola’s team 4-0 at Goodison Park in January.
The Toffees have only managed to keep one clean sheet in their last seven visits to the Etihad Stadium but they have only lost three of those meetings.
Koeman will be hopeful that summer signings Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane can continue to impress at the back and maintain Everton’s unbeaten run to the start of the campaign.
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