LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom- New Toffees manager Marco Silva is vowing his Everton team will “play to win” – regardless of the identity of their opponents in the upcoming English Premier League season.
New manager Silva demonstrated a knack for bloodying the noses of illustrious opposition when boss of Estoril, Hull City and Watford.
In charge of powerhouse clubs Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos, the Portuguese moulded dominant trophy-winning sides.
And while Silva concedes winning every single game is too tall an order for any team or manager – he insists he will never send out an Everton side under instruction to simply avoid defeat.
Asked about his philosophy and the style of play he wants his teams to adopt, Silva told evertontv: “I want to play to find the right way to win the match. The results will make the difference.
“My philosophy is, I play to win the matches. This is my way. I am not the type of coach to wait, (to tell my players) ‘do not lose the match’.
“We need to have balance in our squad but we will try to find the ways to win and create chances to score.
“For sure, yes, (we will be fearless, no matter the opponent or venue), this is our way. It is something we will work on every day during the week to prepare for the match.”
Silva’s Olympiakos won 28 and lost only one of 30 league fixtures to walk away with the Greek Super league in 2015/16, while he also masterminded a thrilling 3-2 Champions League victory at Arsenal to curb the Athens club’s barren 12-match sequence on English turf.
At Sporting Lisbon, the boss oversaw a season in 2014/15 when his side lost only two of 34 league matches and won the Portuguese Cup.
In his first managerial assignment with Estoril, Silva and his team felled a giant when they stunned Porto in the formidable Estadio do Dragao to ruin the hosts’ proud record of not having lost a league match on their own ground for six years.
The 40-year-old, who also led Hull City to a 2-0 success over Liverpool in only his fourth league match at the Tigers’ helm, says his thorough preparations for each game are undertaken purely with a view to engineering victory.
Whatever the plan on any given day, though, Silva insists his players operate within a detailed framework, which nevertheless provides licence for individuals to express their talent and think on their feet.
“We have our own ideas, ways to create chances and achieve these moments during the match,” added Silva.
“We have some discipline in our ideas and philosophy as well. After that, the players – especially the creative players – need to do something different in the match. But everything within our own idea as a team.
“Yes (my players know exactly what is expected from them), because we work on that all week. We prepare for the match. In today’s football, the detail will make the difference in future. It will make the difference in the next match as well.
““We need to be prepared, so we are aware of everything, and to give our players everything – or as much as we can – to give them the right way to win the game.”
-Material used to compile this report sourced from official Everton FC website, read more here