After losing 1-0 at home in their last Europa League group game against FK Krasnodar, Everton manager Roberto Martinez has admitted his team of youth players were nervous, reports BBC
The Toffees boss named a host of youngsters in their meeting against the Russian club, but they started poorly and went behind in the first-half following a goalkeeping positional error.
“I thought we saw young players with a lot of talent, but they were very nervous in the first half. I don’t think we saw their real quality in the first half, but in the second half they got rid of that fear and expressed themselves a lot better,” said Martinez.
“The experience will be really helpful. They have learned a massive lesson, and will be much more ready to compete on a football pitch after this.”
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