Rafa Benitez believes he has done enough to win over any supporters still not behind him as Everton manager through the club’s strong start to the season, via the Liverpool Echo.
The Spaniard accepts there are still some areas the Toffees need to improve and find the answers to. But feels the way his side have played is more to the club’s style and gives fans what they are looking for when players take to Goodison Park wearing royal blue jerseys.
Everton lost their unbeaten record in the Premier League last Saturday when beaten 3-0 at Aston Villa. The Toffees also exited the Carabao Cup to Championship opposition in Queens Park Rangers on penalties on Tuesday night. Drawing 2-2 after 90-minutes in west London.
Benitez happy with start to the season
Benitez will look to restore Everton to winning ways at home to Norwich City on Saturday afternoon. Daniel Farke’s Canaries travel to Merseyside in search of their first win of the Premier League season. They have lost all five games so far, to sit bottom of the table.
The Norfolk outfit could be the perfect opposition for the Toffees to bounce back after a poor week. But Benitez is happy with how Everton have started the season and believes fans appreciate how the side have played.
“Yeah, it’s been really good,” Benitez said of Everton’s start to the season. “The way we were playing and reacting, the fans appreciate that. It’s more Everton’s style. I’m 100% convinced we will continue improving. It’s a question of finding a solution to these issues.”
Has Benitez won Everton fans over?
The last seven-days have taken some of the shine off of Benitez’s record as Everton boss. The Merseyside outfit started the season strongly and produced some impressive displays to begin the Spaniard’s tenure. But defeats to Aston Villa and QPR proved disappointing.
Everton were particularly impressive in their spirit to fight from behind to beat Burnley with three goals in six-minutes. Benitez signings Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend also proving to be leading figures of his stint at the helm.
Benitez’s arrival as Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement sparked a vast backlash from corners of the Everton fanbase, though. Results will help change perceptions of the former Liverpool manager. And he believes the football currently on offer is giving fans just what they want.
“It’s part of football; you have good games, some not so good,” Benitez added on winning over supporters. “What are they expecting – commitment, passion? They have that.”