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Koeman: I think we are too nice together

Manager not unhappy with Williams and Lukaku over spat

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Ronald Koeman at Old Trafford
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A manager would usually be worried if his star striker and his best defender were screaming and visibly upset with each other on the pitch. However, that’s not Ronald Koeman.

The Everton manager, speaking during his pre-match press conference today ahead of the game against Leicester City, said that he was glad to see an emotional response from his side during the game against Manchester United.

“What I like to see is passion but they need to understand that they need to support each other.

“Finally I saw a reaction in this case because I think we are too nice together. You have to ask and you have to talk. Maybe sometimes you need to shout.

“I don't have any problem with that because it's also an emotional part and the two boys have already spoken to each other and it's no problem.

“I like this because you need to do everything to win the game and after you can be friends – but not on the pitch.”

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Koeman also went on to talk about the dropped points, especially after the Blues spurned multiple chances in the second half to put the result beyond doubt.

“We lost two points. If you conceded the goal in the last second it's always really painful.

“Yes they had chances, a goal that may or not have been offside, it's a call, but I think we had five or six big counter-attacking movements and we did wrong.

“We did not even create a shot or a chance and in my opinion that's the key why we did not win the game.

“There was a lot of space and the offensive side in the team was not what I expected to score more goals.”