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Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane start for Everton

13 August 2017, 12:27 | Ken Black

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Davy Klaassen of Everton is tackled by Steven N'Zonzi of Sevilla during a pre-season friendly match between Everton and Sevilla at Goodison Park

While appreciating everyone has to face each other over the course of a campaign, having such a barrage of opponents so early in the season, will test the mental fortitude of Ronald Koeman's team.

Rooney's move back to his boyhood club, after 13 successful years at Manchester United, divided opinion between those who viewed it as a welcome romantic return and those who felt he was not the right player for Koeman's new-look side.

Rooney's name had been cheered to the rafters when the Everton team, featuring fellow debutants Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez, was read out before kick-off.

"If you look to the team this Saturday and the bench you cannot compare it to the big six". We know we're in for a tough start.

The 41-cap worldwide had an injury-interrupted campaign past year, featuring just 13 times for his club, while his appearances for his country last October led to a war of words between Everton and Ireland team management.

"We kept on pushing and over the course of 90 minutes, Everton didn't really have too many clear cut chances so we restricted a very good side who spent a lot of money and have got a lot of quality".

"Last season I think we won 1-0, the same result, and it was maybe a little bit the same".

Before Leicester City were crowned league champions in 2015/16, the idea of a small team challenging for the title, let alone winning, was not something even remotely possible in this day and age where bigger clubs with deep pockets tend to rule the roost.

In terms of the Premier League, our first aim must be to improve on last season, when we finished seventh in the final table. The Potters finished with only four wins, five draws and 10 losses on the road. "If you look at my team this weekend, and the bench, you can not compare it to the big six".

Saido Berahino has gone 26 Premier League appearances without a goal.



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