By Beck Pascal

14th Jan, 2022 | 10:10pm

Rafa Benitez slams Everton and outlines what his team must do to improve

Everton boss Rafa Benitez has outlined what his team must do to improve amid dismal form at Goodison Park. 

The Toffees find themselves sitting in 15th in the Premier League having won only one of their last 14 league fixtures. 

They travel to rock bottom Norwich City on Saturday (January 15) with Benitez sharing how he thinks his side can improve. 

“We have to be more aggressive, we have to have more intensity at the beginning of the games to be sure that we are strong enough and we don’t give any hope to the other team and put ourselves in a difficult position.” Benitez told ECHO.

“We have been talking about that, we know we have to improve that. Hopefully we will see that we have learned from our mistakes in the next games.”

He added “We practice, we train, we coach the players with different systems and they have the experience to play in different systems.

“It’s not about systems, it’s about what you are capable to do and confidence and a lot of things together.

“It’s just to coach them and to be sure they understand the principles. To concede a goal the other day is nothing to do with the system.

“It’s a question of paying more attention, being more focused and concentrating.”

No fight 

As hard as it is to admit for Everton fans, Benitez is spot on. This team hasn’t shown enough fight which is why the Blues find themselves on the cusp of relegation. 

It is the basics that have been lacking this season, tracking back, tackling, making life difficult for the opposition, there is just no desire amongst the squad. 

The boss can set the team up however he likes but without the basics, you are never going to be successful in the Premier League. 

It’s okay for Benitez to pass the blame onto the players but these are problems that he has to learn to solve. 

Motivating players is part of management and based on evidence from previous managerial roles, an area that the Spaniard is strong in.  

If the players on the pitch aren’t playing for the badge, then bring in some that are. That was evident when the Blues’ youngsters held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge; they all wanted to impress the manager and fans. 

Benitez now has the opportunity to make this squad his own so soon these excuses won’t be good enough for poor performances. 

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