The timing of the third qualifying round of the Europa League is such that the first team have played just three friendlies when they begin the season in earnest on Thursday.
Should they progress, the Frenchman admits there is no way of knowing where they could find themselves travelling to in midweek but he is ready to apply the experience he has gained at his previous clubs.
“I [have] played in Europe before so I know what to expect,” Schneiderlin told evertonfc.com. “We need to get qualified and hopefully we will. After that we don't know the teams we will get but we could find ourselves playing in Russia on the Thursday and then back home on the Sunday.
"It will be very demanding so we will need everyone to be ready and on their toes.
“I was very happy with my first six months and now I want to build on that. In football and in life, if you just keep doing the same things as before you will never progress.
“That's my aim: I want to have a good pre-season, feel sharp and then push on to have a great season with very good performances.
"That's individual but also collectively to win things — that's my ambition. Hopefully I will do that and show even more.”
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1 Posted 24/07/2017 at 16:37:16
2 Posted 24/07/2017 at 16:42:00
3 Posted 24/07/2017 at 16:48:06
That would be my final choice but maybe Calvert-Lewin.
4 Posted 24/07/2017 at 16:58:51
Will Kenny or Martina play right back?
Is Williams a shoe in next to keen or will Holgate get a chance?
Will Koeman revert to a back 3 which he played a few times last season?
We have a plethora of midfield options causing all kinds of selection headaches, and that's before we sign Sigurdsson.
Up top , the Rooney conundrum dominates, but like you say we also have Sandro, Lookman and Calvert-Lewin vying for the remaining two spots if we play 4-3-3.
5 Posted 24/07/2017 at 16:59:22
7 Posted 24/07/2017 at 17:56:30
Holgate can defend well but his ability to cross could cost us. Play the strongest team, get the job done, and start the season flying.
8 Posted 24/07/2017 at 17:57:39
9 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:06:04
I hope Kenny plays right back and it'd be harsh to ditch Davies now after such a great start last season. Does Dowell rate a start?
10 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:10:11
As I said on another thread, these are obviously no mugs, because we all thought because Brann won the away leg 1-0, it was a formality for them to go through. These should not be underestimated in any way, shape or form.
Hope this Sigurdsson saga is solved by then, still looking forward to Thursday.
11 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:32:45
I think it might take Klaassen some time to settle in but the lad scored 20 goals last season with a good few in Europe.
I was all on for Sigurdsson last season but with the players we've brought in I'm not sure would he now be first choice.
Isn't it great we have so many players under 25 who seem to be up and coming in their careers and 5 of them World Cup winners now also. For these young lads to be surrounded by Wayne Rooney and see the club being ambitious there must be a real buzz about the camp again.
I'd settle for the FA Cup, League Cup or Europa League. I think it will be very tough to do well in the Premier League and keep a cup run going.
12 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:35:12
But I still think Jags will beat out Williams.
David (#8), no, I have been unable to find any US outlet showing the game. I think we'll have to watch it online.
13 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:42:06
15 Posted 24/07/2017 at 19:29:17
Which of Lennon, McCarthy, Barry, Besic and, of course, Barkley, do you see still being here in early September?
However many move on, it will, of course free up the money for the much loved Sissoko to get his loan move to Goodison Park!
16 Posted 24/07/2017 at 19:41:43
I'm not sure Sandro will start on Thursday along with one or two others but you never know. From then on, Sigurdsson in for Dowell.
Of course the window is still open, so maybe another centre-forward, and as Phil, suggests there will probably outgoings too.
17 Posted 24/07/2017 at 19:42:29
Best if we let Koeman pick the team. I'm sure he knows better than anyone eh? He gets paid a lot of money to know better. Let's hope we go all out for a win no matter who plays.
18 Posted 24/07/2017 at 19:47:38
19 Posted 24/07/2017 at 21:08:19
20 Posted 24/07/2017 at 21:45:45
Personally I would like to see Lookman and Mirallas out there with just one holding midfield player.
Much as I really rate Gana and Davies, neither has stood out in the preseason so I would have them on the bench.
We really need goals in this game so I would go with:
Holgate Keane Williams
Lennon Schneiderlin Baines
21 Posted 24/07/2017 at 23:24:09
So excited for the start of the season. Shame the early fixtures are so tough as it may take a while for the new line-up to really start clicking, but imagine if we win a few of those early ones against the "top 6". the shock waves we've sent out this transfer window will only start to get bigger.
Great to see we've sold out this first leg too. I think that tells us all we need to know about how the majority of Blues fans are feeling right now.
22 Posted 24/07/2017 at 23:31:18
I actually like the idea of Davies at right-back too. He has the energy to get up and down, has really good tackling ability and good positional sense for one so young. I thought this last season when I saw him in a rare appearance in that position.
He has the physical strength and presence too. Like you, I don't think it'll happen. I don't think McCarthy would be too shoddy in that role either, or Lennon as a right wingback if three centre-backs are played.
23 Posted 24/07/2017 at 23:39:22
I hope Jonjoe Kenny gets a run at right back.
24 Posted 24/07/2017 at 23:47:52
25 Posted 25/07/2017 at 00:21:46
26 Posted 25/07/2017 at 02:14:32
It'd be lunacy to play Lookman as left back. Koeman has shown he intends to play 4-3-3. So why change now?
Question is: Kenny or Holgate? Then Dowell, Mirallas or Calvert-Lewin?
Kenny Keane Williams Baines
Gueye Klaassen Schneiderlin
Mirallas Rooney Ramirez
27 Posted 25/07/2017 at 03:03:32
Let's hope that this team Ron is building is something he thinks can take us to the next level, because the pressure is on, the none-Ron fans will be sharpening their knives.
28 Posted 25/07/2017 at 03:26:10
29 Posted 25/07/2017 at 03:46:01
At the moment, the odds are on Slimani as being the best available and at a club that wants to sell him. Maybe not the long term answer or quite the quality I had hoped for but we need to hit the ground running now with the best we can get.
Steve (#26) yes nail on head there. I think Kenny might start given the amount of attacking we expect to be doing in this game which will play to his strengths over Holgate. I think Holgate may be used against the top 6 sides.
I would like to see Dowell (or Lookman) in ahead of Mirallas. I think Lookman will do well as an impact sub.
30 Posted 25/07/2017 at 06:38:01
31 Posted 25/07/2017 at 07:15:58
I fully expect either Holgate or his old pal Martina to play. Not saying that's what I would do as Holgate is not great at going forward and Martina should be no where near the team but don't kid yourself thinking Koeman will play him. Nothing hes done in team selection during pre-season would point to that or 3 at the back.
32 Posted 25/07/2017 at 09:18:28
Baines Williams Keane Jagielka
33 Posted 25/07/2017 at 09:58:34
Holgate Keane Williams Baines
Gueye Schneiderlin Klaassen
I would love to see Dowell in place of Mirallas, and Kenny for Holgate and Holgate for Williams but I think he'll go for experience until we get a few goals in front.
34 Posted 25/07/2017 at 14:14:40
Not missed him at all, I hope he does make the step up, he looks capable, but as yet none of us know. We have a lot of new players to bed in, so it makes sense to bring Kenny in at a later date when all has settled.
No matter what the attributes of Davies/Holgate/Martina they have all played in the Premier League. It is much better for an untried youngster to come into a settled team than one full of new players. Gently ease him in, me thinks!
35 Posted 25/07/2017 at 17:16:00
36 Posted 25/07/2017 at 18:11:35
To me the forward line looks slightly square pegs for the round holes. I hope Sandro eventually shows he can be that goal-scoring forward and that the likes of Lookman fulfil the promise they have shown and become established starters.
37 Posted 25/07/2017 at 19:33:34
How has Kenny earned the right to play there? Because the U23s won the Premier League 2? The first team is a massive step up and I've had this off a good source: Koeman doesn't fancy the kid.
I personally think the lad is a gem but mine or your opinions don't really count – it's down to the manager and the manager only. I'd love to see the lad feature this season because he's got that bit of devil in him that I love. But, going off this source, it's not going to happen.
38 Posted 25/07/2017 at 21:56:18
I like the other Brian's line-up but would certainly start with Kenny at right-back, a bit tough to leave Tom Davies out of the team as well so they would be my two starters.
Other than that, I pretty much agree with other predicted line-ups by fellow posters.
39 Posted 26/07/2017 at 00:51:59
If that's true about Kenny with Koeman not wanting to give him a chance, that's a black mark against him from me. Unfortunately, with his team selection against Genk in mind, I suspect you're right.
The kid has done everything asked of him and more. He's come on leaps and bounds and certainly deserves some game time. I'd much rather have him playing there sometimes over one or two of our other options. At least to start with anyway.
40 Posted 26/07/2017 at 09:30:19
Davies, Gana and Lookman unlucky to miss out – what a squad (minus a centre-forward)!
41 Posted 26/07/2017 at 09:33:30
Absolutely agree about the centre-forward. When you try to get the names on the sheet, you realise the last thing we should be doing is spending £50m on another centre-midfielder, unless we have another £100m floating about somewhere for a centre forward.
I do think we are waiting for some clubs 'above us' to make their moves before we see what opens up towards the end of the window.
42 Posted 26/07/2017 at 15:10:14
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