Everton entered the group stages of the Europa League in disastrous style this evening as they crashed to defeat in Italy.
Ronald Koeman had asked questions of his side’s mentality after the poor result against Spurs at the weekend, but it appears that they simply weren’t listening to the Dutchman.
Koeman made six changes in personnel, including the utterly ridiculous omission of Jordan Pickford in goal. But even Pickford couldn’t have made a difference to the scoreline.
The outfield players looked disinterested, lacked passion, and were second to almost every single ball, as Atalanta cruised to victory in their first European game in 26 years.
There seemed to be little in the way of a tactical system in effect from Everton, and that was matched by a complete lack of ambition or desire, leading some to ask which comes first? The lack of ambition or the lack of a system?
With Manchester United away looming on the horizon, it might be an idea for Koeman to unplug his player’s headphones on the flight home so he can give them an idea of what he wants. If he knows himself.