Everton came on a back of a 3 – 0 defeat from the Premier league against Tottenham. They were expected to get back to winning ways against Atalanta who sit on the 13th Position in the Italian league. But they were well beaten by the Italian side, by 3 goals to nil.
Everton produced a dreadful performance on the night against Atalanta in Italy. The home side dominated from the outset, taking the lead when Everton failed to deal with a corner, with the ball ricocheting off Phil Jagielka’s hip and falling to Andrea Masiello to poke in.
Alejandro Gomez doubled the lead with a stunning curling strike, before Bryan Cristante drove through the Toffees’ defence and placed the ball into the corner, with Everton 3-0 down at half-time.
It was more of the same from Atalanta in the second half, minus the goals, with Andrea Petagna hitting the woodwork after being set up by former Middlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon.
Everton have now lost all four of their away games in Italy without scoring a single goal.
Everton coach was full of rage and not pleased with his side performance.
“A lot went wrong. Except maybe after a difficult start maybe 10 minutes, that we had the ball a bit better. But OK, ball possession was poor, but the most painful was in the first half. They showed more aggression, they showed more passion.
And that’s really painful, because in my opinion it starts with that and they you need qualities on the ball. I asked myself what I’m doing wrong, about the second half against Tottenham and the first half here. It’s not the way I like to see my team. The commitment, the passion, what they showed in the first half was much bigger than we showed.”
Currently Everton sit the bottom of Group E with 0 points, Apollon Limassol and Lyon finished 1 – 1, both sitting on the 2nd and third position, while Atalanta sits comfortable on the top of the table. Although its early days yet, Everton still has a lot of work to do.
Everton will turn there attentions back to the Premier league, in which they travel to Old Trafford on a Sunday, another defeat for them, will heap more pressure on the team and Manager.
Here are some of Twitter reactions to Everton loss
Everton counter attacking pic.twitter.com/nvQQa320N2
— Gary Shaw (@shawryblue) September 14, 2017
The Arsenal game may have been postponed an hour, but Everton didn’t even bother playing in theirs
— Andy Castell (@AJ3) September 14, 2017
Everton have spent over £100m and managed to look worse than they were before they spent it…
— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) September 14, 2017
Everton trying to get into the top 6… pic.twitter.com/jfsTYGgfHH
— Football Fours (@Football_Fours) September 14, 2017
This could be the worst Everton performance I’ve seen since Saturday.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 14, 2017
It was a disaster for Everton in the Europa League.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 14, 2017