Marco Silva has been giving his thoughts ahead of Everton’s meeting with Wolves this weekend.
The two sides meet on Saturday at Goodison Park as Everton look to build on their narrow midweek victory away at Huddersfield.
The Toffees will know that a win on Saturday will see them leapfrog Wolves, who sit a place above them in the Premier League table.
Ahead of the game, Silva has been explaining to the media, his thoughts on the game, providing injury updates and more.
On the need to improve
It would be fair to say that Everton have lacked consistency this season and Silva is keen to address that.
He talked up the need for his squad to improve during the second half of the season, starting with the game that sees Wolves travel to Goodison.
“It will be a good test for us, not just offensively or defensively but in both aspects. We have to play at our best level with strong attitude and strong character to achieve the three points. We have to be stronger than them in all moments of the match.”
Getting back on track after the Millwall loss
Everton’s defeat in the FA Cup to Millwall has clearly left a lasting impression Silva, with the manager referencing the defeat.
The FA Cup would have been a competition that Everton would surely have been targetting this season, but their exit was one of the shocks of the round.
Silva is keen to put that to bed and get back on track in the Premier League.
“It was really important [the win against Huddersfield]. It was a tough afternoon for us last Saturday [the FA Cup defeat at Millwall], it was a really disappointing result for us. Just three days after, if you can achieve a good win, with a clean sheet also, it is really important.”
Playing down the PSG links
Silva was quick to bat away claims that Idrissa Gueye came close to joining PSG.
The midfielder was heavily linked with a late move to join the French champions on deadline day.
“I don’t know the contacts. Even if PSG made strong contact, the board never told me to prepare to replace Gana.”
Improving the league position
Silva will no doubt have European aspirations at Goodison Park, but he insists he is not looking at the Premier League table just yet.
Everton could move up seventh with a win against Wolves on Saturday.
“Our goal as a team is really clear, to do better than last season in the table. The table for us will be really important in the last match of the season.”