Cape Town - Under-pressure Everton boss Ronald Koeman admits his side are
“afraid to play football” after conceding a late leveller to Cypriot
minnows Apollon Limassol.
The Europa League has provided no respite from Everton’s miserable
Premier League form after the Toffees have registered just one point
from their opening two group games.
Everton were heading for victory when teenager Nikola Vlasic gave
them the lead, yet despite Limassol being reduced to 10 men, they
equalised in the 88th minute to keep the spotlight on Koeman’s future.
Koeman said: "The feeling is a defeat today, not even a draw. It is
really disappointing. We started poorly without any confidence and
making a lot of mistakes but we had a good reaction.
"The second half was much better, we controlled the game and had big
chances to score a third. It is football and sometimes when you are
struggling maybe we are too afraid to play football. That is difficult
when your body is not full of confidence.
"I cannot say they are not running or fighting, but they are scared to play forward. A win today makes it different.
“If you win then maybe it is a good medicine to play with more confidence - but now it will be the same."