English Premiership

Koeman ignores 'crazy' title talk

2016-09-20 12:10
Ronald Koeman (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Everton manager Ronald Koeman has nipped talk of his team's title chances in the bud, despite their unbeaten start to the season lifting them to second spot in the Premier League standings behind leaders Manchester City.

The Dutchman took over at Goodison Park from Roberto Martinez in June and his impact is apparent in Everton's new-found defensive resilience and improved work rate.

Everton secured a 1-1 home draw with Tottenham Hotspur in their season opener before winning their next four league games, sparking speculation they might emulate last season's unlikely champions Leicester City.

Koeman, however, dismissed talk of the title as premature and unrealistic.

"It's a good start but we know it is very early and there is a long way to go," the manager told reporters ahead of his team's League Cup match against Norwich City later on Tuesday.

"I don't think we can do a Leicester. I am realistic. If I tell you we will fight for the title I think most people will tell you that man is crazy. Even when I mention that it sounds crazy.

"Why would we change our ambition and aspiration after 13 points from five games? The big teams have much more qualities and unless it is like it was last season it will be impossible."

Koeman, whose stated aim is to get his team into next season's Europa League, said Everton needed to get better to hit even that target.

"We need to improve and we can improve if we want to fight for Europe," he added.

Striker Romelu Lukaku is out of the Cup game with an injured toe with new signing Enner Valencia set to start in his place.

Midfielder Darron Gibson will not return to action for another three weeks after undergoing surgery to fix a groin complaint.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 29 September 2018
West Ham United v Manchester United, London Stadium 13:30
Arsenal v Watford, Emirates Stadium 16:00
Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion, Etihad Stadium 16:00
Everton v Fulham, Goodison Park 16:00
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton, Molineux Stadium 16:00
Newcastle United v Leicester City, St. James' Park 16:00
Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur, The John Smith's Stadium 16:00
Chelsea v Liverpool, Stamford Bridge 18:30
Sunday, 30 September 2018
Cardiff City v Burnley, Cardiff City Stadium 17:00
Monday, 01 October 2018
AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace, Vitality Stadium 21:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.