Everton needed extra time to win and eliminate Hull City from the FA Cup, on Saturday (08), in a match marked by criticism of coach Rafa Benitez. After putting pressure on the position due to the recent results, the coach saw a poster stretched out in the stands demanding his immediate departure. After the match, the Spanish coach commented on the episode, saying that he was not worried and responded to the fans.
? These criticisms do not concern me. We have problems and they are very old, not unlike the ones we had three months ago. I am trying to solve these problems and I have experience with it. I do my best. Fans who understand this will continue to support the team. Those who do not understand the problems, it is okay, it is up to them. Will I keep trying to improve everything that depends on me? Rafa Benitez said.
Everton have won just two of their last 13 games, including on Saturday, and the Premier League’s relegation zone is close to worrying the club’s fans. Rafa Benitez experienced the most complicated moment between the end of October and the beginning of December, when the team accumulated defeats and the UK press had already begun to report a possible exit. Nevertheless, the coach had the board’s support to continue working.
In addition to the absences from Covid-19, Everton have also lost key players due to injuries. One such case is the case of Brazilian Richarlison, who is out for the second time this season. The striker was absent between September and October due to a knee problem and lost six matches to the team. In early December, the Brazilian sustained a calf injury and has not yet returned.
In addition to the results on the pitch, Rafa Benitez carries another weight in Everton’s training. The coach has a strong personality with Liverpool, the main rival of his current team. In all, there have been six seasons on the red side of town and this problem is another point that has been holding back a good relationship with the fans. When Benitez was announced, some fans went to the coach’s house and made threats and told him not to sign the contract.
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