The Blues dismantled Young Boys on Thursday evening to continue their fine Europa League form.
After demolishing Swiss side Young Boys on Thursday evening, it has become apparent that Everton are a different beast in Europe.
While the Blues have suffered in the league, currently sitting 12th and with little chance of qualifying for the Europa League once again, they have fared much better in the competition itself.
When the draw for the group stages was made, they were handed tough opponents in Wolfsburg and Lille, while Russian side Krasnodar was no easy fixture away either. Despite that, they managed to end up winning the group, negotiating it expertly and sealing their passage with a game to spare.
That time in the group stages saw them dismantle German side Wolfsburg, who’ve been impressive in the Bundesliga this season, home and away, beat Lille at home and secure a point away in France and Russia as well. Admittedly they were beaten by Krasnodar at home, but it was a second-string team and was of little importance.
The performance against Young Boys in Switzerland also highlights that the Europa League is more suited to Everton’s style than domestic games are. In what could have been a tricky game on an artificial pitch, the Blues were confident and dangerous on the break, creating numerous chances.
That was in stark contrast to their league form, which has seen them suffer for goals and concede too many as well. In Europe, it seems teams are more willing to attack and play an open game, which suits Everton perfectly as they can attack and create chances.
In the league though, teams are happy to sit back and limit Martinez’s side’s passing game, restricting their chances and frustrating them, as was all too apparent in their recent draw against West Brom.
If Everton can somehow turn their European form to the league, they’ll be moving back up the table sooner rather than later. For now, Europa League success remains a strong possibility if they continue like this.