Ronald Koeman Admits Tottenham Were Excellent in 3-2 Win over Everton


Ronald Koeman admitted that Tottenham were the better team in the recent meeting between Everton and Spurs at White Hart Lane. After a tight opening, Spurs raced to a 2-0 advantage.

However, just like in the recent meetings between the two teams, the end result proved extremely close. Goals from the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Enner Valencia meant that the game finished as a 3-2 loss for Everton, as Dele Alli had come up with a crucial late goal. Everton were disappointed not to take something out of the game, but manager Ronald Koeman admitted that Spurs were excellent in the 90 minutes.

It was not surprising to see Tottenham perform exceptionally well at home. They have been quite imperious winning 12 out of the 14 league matches at White Hart Lane. Manager Mauricio Pochettino recently claimed that the feeling of playing the last season at this historic ground seems to be motivating the players to greater performances.

The defeat is a damaging blow for Everton’s hopes of capitalising on Manchester United’s recent slips. United have managed only two league wins in the last five games, but Everton have also managed a similar return to remain five points behind the Red Devils having played a game more.

Everton’s next match is against West Brom at Goodison Park during the weekend."We did everything to get a good result but they were the better team. It was a difficult game. Tottenham were strong. We fought until the last second but we made some mistakes. We know at this level we need to do a bit better. We know the quality of Tottenham at home. The second goal made it really tough. It was really soon after half-time. We lost the ball in that position and you know it can be a goal,” said Koeman.