Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye has lauded manager Marco Silva for the club’s impressive form in the English Premier League.
The run helped the Merseyside outfit to ninth in the English top-flight table with 19 points from 12 games – five points adrift of the Uefa Europa League qualification spot.
And the Senegal international has stated how Silva’s style has helped the team fine form this season.
“Everybody is focused on our ambitions, our manager gives us a lot of things to do in training which makes it easier when we play at the weekend,” Gueye told Everton TV.
“We try to work hard on the training ground, we know it is important to work hard if we want to fight with the top-five teams and we have to repeat these kinds of performances.
“Yes, of course, the training is changing, we train hard and you can see it in the way we play: we try to play football
“We try to keep the ball. Even playing against Chelsea, in the first half, we did that well.
“It was harder in the second half but it was a good point, we know it is hard to play there. We went there to challenge Chelsea and play our football.
“We are getting better every week, so we have to keep going and continue trying to produce the same level of performance [as at Chelsea] – if we do that then we will win a lot of games.”
Gueye has played in all but one of the Toffees’ league games. And the 29-year-old explained how his partnership with Barcelona loanee Andre Gomes has worked out well.
“I am more defensive than Andre, he has to get higher and attack and if he goes I have to stay behind him and keep our defensive organization,” he added.
“But if I have the opportunity, I have to go and he will stay.
“We believe in ourselves as a team with the new manager and if we continue like that [the Chelsea performance] it will be good for the next game.”
Gueye has joined Aliou Cisse's squad for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nation qualifiers against Equatorial Guinea as they aim to stretch their unbeaten run on Saturday.