Everton boss Ronald Koeman says that the fitness levels of his side returning to pre-season were much better than those he saw 12 months ago when he took charge.
The Dutchman was critical of his team’s fitness levels at the start of last season, with some hinting that he was unhappy at the way the previous manager handled the training regimes of the squad before he left.
Now, however, Koeman says that his players have shown good discipline over the summer and returned to pre-season almost as fit as they were at the end of last season.
“Our fitness levels are really good,” Koeman said.
“The stats showed us that when the players came back from holiday their physical level was still the same from the time they went on holiday and that’s really good behaviour of the players.
“They know the intensity of the training and it’s a big difference to last season.
“Then I was the new manager and now we know each other really well. I know their character and it’s better now than it was last season.”