Everton boss Ronald Koeman apologised to the club’s fans after the dismal 3-0 Europa League defeat to Atalanta and stressed he was responsible for what had happened.
Five days after the 3-0 home loss to Tottenham, the Toffees’ Group E opener in Reggio Emilia saw them produce a second successive dire display, with their sub-standard effort thoroughly punished by a dynamic Atalanta side who scored three times in the first half.
Koeman had emphasised in the build-up the need for Everton to “react” in Italy after lacking “the right aggression” against Spurs, as well as his confidence they would do so.
What they subsequently delivered prompted plenty of boos from Everton fans who had travelled to the Mapei Stadium, and when asked in his postmatch news conference if he shared the supporters’ anger, the Dutchman said: “Yes of course. I’m really sorry for the fans.”
Koeman also posted a message on Instagram, in which he said: “A really poor first half in all aspects, without the right attitude and I am responsible.”
Koeman admitted in the news conference he had been left questioning his ability to prepare his players.
“It’s a big lesson today,” he said. “I thought it was happening after the third goal against Tottenham, but okay — I need to ask myself the question, what I did wrong.
“Because what I saw on the pitch was a big difference between Atalanta and Everton in belief and confidence, and also in aggression and passion.
“You can be poor on the ball, like we were in the first half, make many mistakes. The pitch was not the best, but it was the same problem for Atalanta.
“But they showed to us really the passion you need to have and show when you play football.
“So that’s a question to myself, what I did wrong.
“It’s easy to criticise the players, the team, and individual mistakes, but finally, the team was not prepared judging by what I saw in the first half.”
Everton made a raft of signings over the summer, and Koeman added: “I don’t see a team on the pitch. I see 11 individual players.
“They try to do their best, and we have some new players. Players need time to adapt. They are young. You can find many more excuses, but I don’t like that.
“I like to be realistic, about what happened in the first 45 minutes, and I then make my conclusions about that.
“You can play bad football, the opponent can be better. We know they have some great players on the ball, and they were full of confidence.
“But they had also seven or eight players more [than us] who fought, who won every battle, and had the right aggression.”
When asked about the expectations there have been about Everton’s season, Koeman, whose side face Manchester United away on Sunday, said: “Maybe my personal expectations are a little bit different than most of the people. The team is far away from what we need to show.
“I think most of the players are not at the level we expect.
“It’s now time that we showed this is really the wake-up call. If not, then the problem is even bigger.”
Atalanta made light of playing a “home” fixture at a ground around two hours drive away from their own — their Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia is being redeveloped to make it fit for European competition — as Andrea Masiello, captain Alejandro Gomez and Bryan Cristante got on the scoresheet.
After what was La Dea’s first European game since 1990-91, boss Gian Piero Gasperini was eager to praise the Atalanta fans who had made the trip and roared the team on.
“Before the game I was worried because I knew there was a lot of enthusiasm,” Gasperini said.
“We were bringing a lot of fans here, and when there is so much enthusiasm, sometimes you end up losing this sort of game.
“There is always that risk. But in the end it was a great game.
“I think this win will stay in history for us.
“It was an excellent game — and even better was what I saw in the stands. The fans were amazing. For long parts of the second half, the real show was from the fans.”
Aston Villa signs Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal
Premier League side Aston Villa, have completed the signing of Arsenal Goalkeeper Emiliano Martineli, for a fee of around 20 Million pounds.
The 28 year old Argentine shot stopper,won the FA Cup and The Community Shield with the gunners and has now penned a Four-year deal with Aston Villa.
Villa’s Manager, Dean Smith said: “We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
“We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.
“We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our Club for the long term.”
Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang Signs A new Contract Extension at Arsenal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new 3 year contract with the gunners, putting away any doubts that Arsenal were going to loose their top talisman come the end of the season as his previous 3 and a half contract comes to an end.
The 31 year old Gabon striker,announced his new contract extension by going live on Arsenal’s social media platforms.
Aubemayang said: ‘I signed the thing because I want to become an Arsenal legend, maybe leave a legacy.
‘It’s time to work a lot to become a legend but for sure I will give my best as always. This is my home. I am really happy to stay here. I will always give you my best. Signing for this special club was never in doubt.’
Aubameyang joined Arsenal in January 2018 and has a mindblowing 72 goals and 15 assists in just 111 games.
Chelsea Complete Signing of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig
Chelsea have confirmed in a club statement the signing of German foward Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.
The 24 year old striker is currently enjoying his most profitable season yet in his career, scoring 32 goals and providing 13 assists in 42 appearances across all competition for Leipzig.
Werner said: ‘I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club. I of course want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart. I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us.’
Marina Granovskaia added: ‘We are very excited that Timo Werner has chosen to join Chelsea. He is a player who was coveted all over Europe and it is no surprise, he has that rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven. We can’t wait to have Timo on board, but until then we wish him and RB Leipzig all the best for the rest of this season.’
Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Positive Aubameyang will Extend his Contract with the Gunners
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says he is “pretty positive” that Aubameyang will sign a new contract with the gunners.
The strikers current deal expires in June 2021. And he claimed that whether he signs or not will be the biggest decision of his life.
“He needs to feel valued, he needs to feel he belongs to us and that we want him,” said Arteta.
The 30 year old Gaboneese striker joined the gunners in January 2018 from Borussia Dortmund scroring 61 goals in 97 appearances.
Arteta added: “I think at the moment I am extremely happy with how he’s been performing and behaving.
“I have a really good relationship with him and we can discuss face to face a lot of things. So far as I’m aware I think he’s very happy at the club.”
Speaking to a French football programme Telefoot Aubameyang said that he “hasn’t had an offer recently” from the club.
“I did speak to the club quite a few months ago, and they know why nothing has happened yet,” he said.
“It’s a turning point in my career and I want to be honest with everyone.
“They have the keys. It is up to them to do their work and, after that, we will see how things go. It’ll certainly be a very difficult decision to make.”
Barcelona and Inter Milan are believed to be interested in the striker.
Premier leauge action resumes on Wednesday when Arsenal travel to Etihad to face Manchester City.
Bandari FC Goes Digital To Keep Players Fit Amid Covid-19 Lockdown
Bandari Fc head coach Ken Odhiambo has taken advantage of latest technology to keep his players fit amid the Covid-19 lockdown. By the use of a WhatsApp group Odhiambo keeps his players on toes by sending them daily r exercise routines.
Each player has to give a feedback on their progress said Shaban Kenga the captain.
“We are under the progamme which we were all provided by the coach through the group. It’s a daily routine [from Monday-Friday],”he said. “On my part I always keep my fitness levels by training in the house or by looking for appropriate field for outdoor exercises,” said Kenga.
Kenga went ahead to hail his club official for not affecting their salary disbursement.
“We really thank the management. We have not had a situation where our salaries are not being disbursed, we are paid just as usual and this really needs an applause. It’s a difficult period for many families and we hope this will end soon.” Said Kenga
The Football Kenya Federation (FKF), last month declared Gor Mahia the 2019/2020 champions after cancelling the season amid the Covid-19 pandemic.The decision by FKF is being contested at the Sports Tribunal Court as it still remains unclear on when the 2020/2021 season will begin.
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