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Everton v Swansea City: match preview

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Bob Bradley has lamented the lack of leaders at Swansea, who are winless in their last 10 games, and it may deepen the sense of regret to see Ashley Williams in the opposition defence at Goodison Park. The Wales international faces his former club for the first time since his £12m move to Everton, who are also under pressure to react following a 5-0 mauling at Chelsea before the international break that manager Ronald Koeman described as “unacceptable in every aspect of football”. Andy Hunter

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Ronald Koeman states desire to see Romelu Lukaku stay at Everton

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• Koeman criticised for suggesting Lukaku should leave club
• ‘What we like to show Romelu is Everton will grow’ says manager

Ronald Koeman has sought to clarify his comments about Romelu Lukaku’s future by insisting it is Everton’s responsibility to improve and convince the striker he can challenge for silverware at Goodison Park.

Koeman came in for criticism during the international break, mainly from his own supporters, for suggesting Lukaku would not have fulfilled his potential if he finishes his career at the club. Koeman was quoted in the Belgian newspaper, HLN, as saying: “His potential is greater and higher than Everton as a final destination. If Romelu was to play at Everton until the end of his career I know he has left something behind.”

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Ronald Koeman pokes hornets’ nest at Everton with uncomfortable truths | Paul Wilson

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Ronald Koeman’s comments about Romelu Lukaku and Liverpool’s title chances were not diplomatic but Evertonians should not pine for the failed romanticism of Roberto Martínez

Welcome back to club football, the sort that does not have to apologise for forcing viewers to wait an extra day for I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!. Events have been unfolding during the international break and it transpires that some Everton supporters think Ronald Koeman should be gagged. They do not care for the tone of some of the manager’s recent remarks and believe club officials should step in to shut him up next time he starts saying Romelu Lukaku probably will have to move somewhere else to fulfil his potential, or suggests Liverpool might be playing well enough to win the league.

Not all Everton fans are up in arms, it should be stressed, but a quick visit to the usual Merseyside platforms for football news and chat will reveal quite a few comments to the effect that Koeman has strayed beyond the pale. It appears characteristically Dutch outspokenness was fine when the topics for discussion were the underperforming Ross Barkley or the out-of-favour Oumar Niasse, but not so amusing when the subject changed to his own future – Koeman was rash enough to admit he would like to manage Holland one day – or the other lot from across Stanley Park.

Related: Everton manager Ronald Koeman backs Liverpool for Premier League title

Related: Ronald Koeman: Romelu Lukaku has potential to play for European elite

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Ronald Koeman pokes hornet’s nest at Everton with uncomfortable truths | Paul Wilson

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Ronald Koeman’s comments about Romelu Lukaku and Liverpool’s title chances were not diplomatic but Evertonians should not pine for the failed romanticism of Roberto Martínez

Welcome back to club football, the sort that does not have to apologise for forcing viewers to wait an extra day for I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!. Events have been unfolding during the international break and it transpires that some Everton supporters think Ronald Koeman should be gagged. They do not care for the tone of some of the manager’s recent remarks and believe club officials should step in to shut him up next time he starts saying Romelu Lukaku probably will have to move somewhere else to fulfil his potential, or suggests Liverpool might be playing well enough to win the league.

Not all Everton fans are up in arms, it should be stressed, but a quick visit to the usual Merseyside platforms for football news and chat will reveal quite a few comments to the effect that Koeman has strayed beyond the pale. It appears characteristically Dutch outspokenness was fine when the topics for discussion were the underperforming Ross Barkley or the out-of-favour Oumar Niasse, but not so amusing when the subject changed to his own future – Koeman was rash enough to admit he would like to manage Holland one day – or the other lot from across Stanley Park.

Related: Everton manager Ronald Koeman backs Liverpool for Premier League title

Related: Ronald Koeman: Romelu Lukaku has potential to play for European elite

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman backs Liverpool for Premier League title

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• Jürgen Klopp’s team sit top of the table
• Koeman words come after Romelu Lukaku advice to leave club

The Everton manager Ronald Koeman has backed Liverpool’s title credentials and says they deserve to be top of the Premier League.

Jürgen Klopp’s side currently top the table – for the first time since May 2014 – and their attacking style has led to talk of contending for a first championship since 1990.

Related: Daniel Sturridge says: ‘I’m a team player for Liverpool and England’

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Roy Keane hits out at Koeman over Everton and Republic of Ireland row

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• Republic of Ireland assistant wades in on James McCarthy’s withdrawal
• Martin O’Neill’s players have first training session before match against Austria

Roy Keane has hit out at Everton’s Ronald Koeman after wading into a festering club versus country row.

Related: James McCarthy out of Republic of Ireland’s trip to Austria due to injury

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Everton’s Ronald Koeman will have Farhad Moshiri’s backing in window

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• Everton’s majority shareholder pushes ahead with plans for new stadium
• Iranian billionaire wants Everton to compete in ‘Hollywood of football’

Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri will back “ruthless” manager Ronald Koeman in the transfer market while trying to improve things off the pitch himself.

Related: Three at the back is a dream for Chelsea but a nightmare for Everton | Michael Cox

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Antonio Conte backs his instincts to inspire Chelsea transformation

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Italian’s switch to 3-4-3 formation has inspired a revival that has made Chelsea look like title contenders and to which Everton had no answer

Not that Antonio Conte felt anything other than disgust when Chelsea imploded at Arsenal at the end of September, but there are times when a heavy defeat can help a manager eradicate his team’s problems.

Conte was under pressure after that humiliation in north London and it was difficult to see what had changed since the Italian’s arrival in the summer. Chelsea still looked as old, slow, directionless and defensively vulnerable as they had at the end of José Mourinho’s second spell in charge and no one inside or outside Stamford Bridge viewed them as title contenders.

Related: Chelsea top the Premier League as Eden Hazard inspires Everton thrashing

Related: Antonio Conte tells Chelsea players they can improve after win over Everton

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Three at the back is a dream for Chelsea but a nightmare for Everton | Michael Cox

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Since changing to 3-4-3 system Chelsea have been rampant but Ronald Koeman’s decision to fight fire with fire on Saturday had disastrous consequences

It is now five consecutive victories for Chelsea since Antonio Conte switched to a 3-4-3 system – 16 goals scored, none conceded – and this was their most impressive attacking display for years, a wonderful demonstration of efficient turnovers, intelligent running and intricate interplay. If there was any doubt about the difficulty of switching from a four-man defence to a back three, you only needed to look at Everton.

Related: Chelsea top the Premier League as Eden Hazard inspires Everton thrashing

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How a defensive switch transformed Chelsea’s attack | Michael Cox

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Since changing to 3-4-3 system, Chelsea have scored 16 goals without reply in five matches and Saturday’s attacking display against Everton was their best in years

It is now five consecutive victories for Chelsea since Antonio Conte switched to a 3-4-3 system – 16 goals scored, none conceded – and this was their most impressive attacking display for years, a wonderful demonstration of efficient turnovers, intelligent running and intricate interplay. If there was any doubt about the difficulty of switching from a four-man defence to a back three, you only needed to look at Everton.

Ronald Koeman surprisingly switched to a three-man defence, attempting to “match” Chelsea across the pitch. That makes sense when playing against a 3-5-2 system, as it provides a spare man at the back and equal numbers in midfield, but deploying a three-man defence against a front three is an extremely bold tactic – especially when facing quick, in-form attackers like Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Pedro Rodriguez.

Related: Chelsea top the Premier League as Eden Hazard inspires Everton thrashing

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Chelsea top the Premier League as Eden Hazard inspires Everton thrashing

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The fans in the Matthew Harding Stand spent the second half bellowing Antonio Conte’s name, making it perfectly clear that they have a new hero at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea were so dominant they could even afford to give one of their reserve centre-backs a brief cameo towards the end of this ruthless evisceration of Everton. John Terry enjoyed a suitably warm reception from the locals as he ran on and the club captain’s reduced role was a reminder that Chelsea are quickly building a new identity under the manager who has breathed fresh life into a side that improbably flirted with a relegation battle a year ago.

They never quite got over José Mourinho when his first spell in charge came to a bitter end nine years ago. This time, however, nobody at Chelsea is pining for Mourinho.

Related: Chelsea 5-0 Everton: Premier League – as it happened

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Antonio Conte tells Chelsea players they can improve after win over Everton

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• Chelsea manager Conte: ‘It is important to be focused on our work’
• Italian praises Eden Hazard’s efforts with and without the ball

Antonio Conte said his players must continue to improve and rejected the idea that Chelsea delivered a statement of intent to their title rivals after going top of the Premier League thanks to their stunning 5-0 victory over Everton at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s manager refused to discuss a potential title challenge after his team’s fifth consecutive win and pointed out that Arsenal and Liverpool can overtake them with victories against Tottenham Hotspur and Watford, respectively, on Sunday.

Related: Eden Hazard inspires Everton thrashing as Chelsea top the Premier League

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