Everton needed extra time to beat Hull City and eliminate them from the FA Cup, on Saturday (08), in a match marked by criticism of coach Rafa Benitez. After being pressured into office due to recent results, the coach saw in the stands a lengthy poster requesting his immediate departure. After the match, the Spanish coach commented on the episode, saying that he was not worried and responded to the fans.
? I don’t care about these criticisms. 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 approach to the relegation zone is worrying the club’s fans. Rafa Benitez experienced the most complicated moment between the end of October and the beginning of December, when defeats piled up for the team and the British press had already begun to report on a possible exit. Nevertheless, the coach had the board’s support to continue working.
In addition to the absences by Covid-19, Everton have also lost important players due to injuries. One such case is the case of Brazilian Richarlison, who will be out for the second time this season. The striker was absent between September and October due to a knee problem and missed six team matches. 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 the Everton leadership. The coach has a strong personality with Liverpool, the main rival of his current club. In all, there have been six seasons on the red side of town and this problem is another point that has been hindering 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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