Ronald Koeman has stressed he will need time as he works on his “big project” at Everton.
Looking specifically to Saturday, Koeman – as well as claiming his players are only at “70 per cent” of what he would like in terms of fitness – has been keen to point out the contrast between it being Everton’s first proper outing under him and their opponents having been managed by Mauricio Pochettino for two seasons already.
“It is always the best to have a good start to the season because that really gives you the confidence you need to play,” Koeman said.
“But in our situation it’s, for example, more difficult than it is for Tottenham in their situation if you compare that.
“We play against a really strong team who have not really a lot of changes, which is always positive and good.
“We don’t have that, but okay – it’s football and you can win against everybody. We will see what we can do.”
Koeman added of the meeting with Tottenham, who finished eight places above Everton in third last term: “I’m looking forward to a full house, sold out.
“We need the support and we will get it if we do our job and show our fans we are committed to Everton, and that spirit that you need to win the game.”