Chris Sutton and Michael Ball rip into Everton after defeat to Atalanta

Andrea Masiello #5 of Atalanta celebrates the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Atalanta and Everton FC at Stadio Citta del Tricolore on September 14, 2017...

Everton lost against Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton FC reacts during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Atalanta and Everton FC at Stadio Citta del Tricolore on September 14, 2017 in Reggio nell'Emilia,...

Everton’s disappointing start to the season continued on Thursday evening, as they went down 3-0 to Atalanta away from home.

The Toffees lost badly to Serie A outfit Atalanta in Italy in their opening Europa League Group E game.

The defeat followed Ronald Koeman’s side’s 3-0 loss at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in the Premier League.

The performance of Everton against Atalanta was hugely disappointing, especially at the back, as they conceded all three goals in the opening 45 minutes.

Former Chelsea and Celtic striker Chris Sutton has criticised the performance of the Merseyside outfit on social networking site Twitter, and so has ex-Everton defender Michael Ball.

Wayne Rooney of Everton FC shakes hands with Sandro Ramirez of Everton FC after being substituted during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Atalanta and Everton FC at Stadio...

Ronald Koeman head coach of Everton  during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Atalanta and Everton FC at Stadio Citta del Tricolore on September 14, 2017 in Reggio nell'Emilia,...

Over the course of the 90 minutes on Thursday evening, visitors Everton had 49% of the possession, took 13 shots of which three were on target, and earned two corners, according to BBC Sport.

Everton will return to action on Sunday afternoon when they take on Manchester United away from home at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

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