Everton manager Roberto Martinez defended his defence when he appeared as a guest on Monday Night Football for Sky Sports with Jamie Carragher last night.
Speaking before kick-off of the game between West Brom and Manchester City, Martinez explained why he’s not overly concerned by his team conceding two goals against Watford on the opening day of the Premier League season.
“If you look at it, sometimes things can be taken a little out of context. For the first goal, we had six players ready to defend the ball – With the numbers, I think sometimes we’re maybe trying too hard,” he explained on Sky Sports.
“You can’t go through a season expecting not to concede any goals.”
Keeping things simple
Martinez’s comments suggest that he’ll be urging Everton to try and keep things simple in the back four moving forward.
Sometimes a team on the back foot and defending can over complicate things through numbers because not every player will always be sure of the job he’s being expected to do.
A little bit of confusion can be the difference between conceding a goal and losing a game and Everton need to quickly find a way of being able to keep clean sheets more consistently.
There also needs to be a little bit of leadership in the back four and in terms of his defensively minded midfielders.
If the leaders in the team can help to clear the defensive ranks, it takes the pressure away from the manager and also helps to create a situation where that confusion isn’t given a breeding ground.