Michael Ball wants to see Everton be the dominant team against West Ham on Sunday
On Sunday, Michael Ball wants to see Everton be the “dominant team” against West Ham and wants to see the backroom staff more involved.
Speaking in his column for the Liverpool Echo, the former Toffees man revealed his thoughts on the upcoming game against the Hammers.
He admits that he could never have predicted Moyes to be managing West Ham at the same time as Benitez managing the Toffees, but he is expecting a good game between two strong teams.
He said: “Last season’s corresponding fixture was a very tense and even tentative game, and while we’ve got to be careful, I’d like to see us more on the front foot.
“Sadly, the Everton bench was very quiet, but for West Ham, there was Stuart Pearce and Alan Irvine – the whole bench were shouting and throwing out information to the players who were reacting to it.
“Hopefully, we can learn from that and for us to be the dominant team. That’s what Rafa wants from Goodison, with it being a massive atmosphere. To do that, you’ve got to set the team up in a certain way.”
Ball wants to see a more aggressive approach.
In the game last season at Goodison, the Toffees lost to the Hammers 1-0 and managed ten shots at goal.
Hopefully, we will see nothing like that on Sunday because the Toffees are a very different team under Benitez.
They have scored in every Premier League game bar one so far, and we would expect them to score a couple more on Sunday against the Irons.
This should actually be a thrilling game of football as the Hammers are an exciting side under Moyes and Benitez has his team set up to be threatening throughout the whole game.
It is interesting that Ball mentions the backroom staff last season, and you would expect that a full Goodison Park will drown that noise out from the West Ham backroom staff.
Either way, this should be a great game of football, and we look forward to seeing how Moyes and Benitez do against each other.
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