Michael Ball has told Everton that they need to be organized and turned on in their upcoming Premier League clash on the road against Manchester City, just as they were against Tottenham Hotspur if they are looking to get a good result out of the match.
The Toffees were able to end a three-game losing streak in their final top game as they held the Spurs to a goalless draw at home.
Everton are ready for another tough challenge on Sunday as they are ready to travel to the Etihad Stadium to host league champions Manchester City.
Ball, who has played for both Everton and Citizens, has issued advice to the Toffees to be well organized and turned on against the Mancunians if they want to return to Merseyside with a good result.
The ex-defender feels that Everton played well against Spurs in their latest outing and stressed that they need a similar performance on Sunday as they face a mentally and physically tough challenge against Manchester City.
“Everton return to action at the Etihad on Sunday against another of my former clubs and it goes without saying they will have to be at their best to get a result”, Ball wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.
“We all know how good Manchester City are. They are going to dictate the game, it’s so easy for them to keep the ball.
“You know it’s going to happen, but you have to go in with the belief that you’ll get something out of the game.
“Rafa Benitez has already said that we need to be concentrated in every game and he needs to create a team that will be organized and turned on, as we were in the Tottenham game.
“We will have to be the same against City, they will try to tire us with their amount of ball possession and move the ball, it will be both for the players.”
Everton’s last visit to the Etihad Stadium did not end well for them as they suffered a 5-0 thrashing, but they will be determined to perform better this time.