Koeman gives verdict on Everton draw; highlights key area to improve

Everton manager Ronaldo Koeman

Everton drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park.

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright and new manager Ronald Koeman poseEverton Chairman Bill Kenwright and new manager Ronald Koeman pose

Everton boss Ronald Koeman says he is very pleased with his side’s performance in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur but wants to see improvement off the ball, the BBC report.

The Toffees kicked off their season in superb fashion as Ross Barkley netted the first Premier League goal of the 2016-17 campaign with a well-placed finish in the opening stages.

Everton dominated the first half, and they could have found themselves further ahead before Spurs ace Erik Lamela brought the home side level just before the hour mark.

Everton manager Ronaldo Koeman

While Tottenham ramped up the pressure late on, the Merseysiders claimed a deserved share of the spoils and Koeman told reporters after the game that he was pleased with his side’s display.

"The reaction of the crowd and fans was fantastic. I am very pleased about our first performance against a very good team,” Koeman told the BBC.

"Ross Barkley's first goal is one of his qualities. I want the players to work hard and the pressing starts from the strikers. The players need to improve in that.”

Everton manager Ronald Koeman (L)

Everton endured a disappointing campaign last season where they vastly underachieved, yet in the opening game against Spurs there were certainly little aspects which demonstrated progression.

Off the ball the home side were much better, keeping their shape structured while also pressing hard and trying to win the ball back in a controlled manner - much different to last term where they were so open.

It was a good start for Koeman, and up next for Everton is a trip to West Bromwich Albion.

Ross Barkley celebrates scoring the third goal for Everton

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