Everton Boss Koeman Admits 'a Lot Went Wrong' After Humbling Atalanta Defeat
- Author: Joanne Flowers Sep 15, 2017,
Sep 15, 2017, 19:54
"They are a good team".
I am not sure how neutrals felt, but as an Everton fan, I could not see us scoring.
I felt sorry for young striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
He said: "I think he'll get the welcome that he deserves, I think sometimes the word "legend" comes too easily.
But there are a lot of qualities around him, but in the box he is risky, fast and strong", Koeman said in his pre-match press conference on Friday.
"I mean, I knew they were a good team, but they really positively surprised me".
Koeman said he saw a big difference in the belief and confidence between his side and Italy's Atalanta, who returned to European competition after 26 years. The pitch was not the best, but it was the same problem for Atalanta.
"We can play bad football and miss chances to score but the commitment and passion that they showed to us in the first half was much bigger than we showed together".
'It's not the time to criticise the players, I criticise myself because the team was not prepared tonight.
"I was very emotional because I have been waiting a lifetime for this moment", Gomez told Sky Sport Italia.
The Belgian front-man has enjoyed a fine start to life in red, with his debut Champions League goal on Tuesday the sixth he's scored for the club so far. If not then I am sure that Everton's majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri will be more than willing to find a replacement for the Toffees expensive Dutch boss.
Alejandro Gomez added a second for Atalanta in the 41 minute, before Bryan Cristante finished the rout just before the half-time whistle.
Signed from the Toffees for an initial £75million over the summer, the Belgium striker has netted six goals in as many games in a seamless start to life at United.
While Lukaku joined United from Everton in the close season, another player made the opposite journey with former England captain Wayne Rooney set to make his first appearance back at Old Trafford after rejoining his hometown club.