Everton FC manager targeting clean sheet at Manchester City
Ronald Koeman looking forward to locking horns with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium
August 21st, 2017
Everton somehow managed to claim a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium last season, with Romelu Lukaku opening the scoring before Nolito scoring an equaliser after Manchester City had previously missed two penalties.
Ronald Koeman then engineered a 4-0 win over City in the reverse fixture although he admits that keeping a clean sheet on Monday night will be close to a miracle given the way that the home side play.
Everton are yet to concede in four matches although the quality of opposition has been relatively modest and Koeman is hoping his side can exploit any space left by City’s insistent attacking.
Koeman said: “If we get a clean sheet on Monday I don’t know if it will be a miracle. 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.
“I am a good friend of Pep and I know the way he likes to play,” said Koeman. “It’s the most difficult way. It’s really a pleasure to see his teams playing football, with a high defence and a lot of offensive players in the team. But the Premier League sometimes is strong and physical, plus if you play with a high defence there is always space behind”.
Koeman can potentially call upon Gylfi Sigurdsson for Monday’s match and he will hope that the midfielder can have some opportunities from set pieces providing that Everton can weather the storm.