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Sunday 22 October 2017

Koeman hits back

Ronald Koeman
Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman stressed he has plenty of ambition but is also a realist after brand ing any suggestion Everton should finish in the Premier League's top four this term as "ridiculous".

Last Sunday the Toffees boss called for some realism in response to Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho's comment that Everton, having spent over £140million during the summer, are a club who "wants to at least secure a top-four position this season".

Koeman, whose side are 18th in the table and suffered their fourth straight loss in all competitions when they were beaten 4-0 by United that day, added that what he regarded as realistic was "the same as last season", when Everton came seventh.

Asked about those remarks on Thursday as he looked ahead to Saturday's home clash with Bournemouth, the Dutchman said: "I know what we are and I know the way to be successful.

"It's crazy, ridiculous to put a lot of pressure on the team by saying we need to finish in the top four.

"Everybody has signed new players. We signed some young players, and (on Wednesday, in the Carabao Cup win against Sunderland) we played with six or seven boys of 19, 20, 21, 22."

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