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Rafa Benitez wants to build a team at Everton which is fearless and not afraid to play any style of football to ensure success.
The new Toffees boss has embraced the challenge of taking on a side which has continuously underachieved given their spending since billionaire Farhad Moshiri began investing heavily in back in 2016.
Benitez, the former Liverpool manager, has returned to the Premier League having left Newcastle in 2019.
But he is ready to rub shoulders with the top bosses again and hopes his players are confident to go toe-to-toe with the best in the division.
“In the Premier League, you can see that you can compete against the best players and managers in the world and that is what I'm looking for,” he said.
“I like this challenge. I'm not afraid of anyone. I hope that our team is not afraid of anyone.
“My job is to give them confidence, to give them the tools to go in the games thinking we can win, we can win this game and that it doesn't matter the name of the opponent.”
Benitez's appointment has obviously brought anger from some on the blue half of Merseyside given his connection to the Reds.
There are also concerns about the style of football he may bring.
But it was hardly swashbuckling attacking stuff under Carlo Ancelotti last season with the Toffees often retreating to contain sides rather than going at them.
Benitez wants to see both sides of football from his side but, ultimately, the aim is winning football rather than easy-on-the-eye styles.
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He said: “We know how we want to play and this way to play will be to try to move the ball quick, try to be sure we create chances, try to be sure that we are strong enough in defence and that we have balance.
“Balance is the key word for everything.
“Balance means that you can attack and at the same time defend well or you can defend and play counter attack and be a threat for the other teams.
“The players I think they are quite happy and in the training sessions I have been impressed because they have been training really well.”
Benitez was coy on the future of James Rodriguez when questioned and offered no assurances if he will stay at Goodison Park beyond this summer.
Fabian Delph is another who may depart and Benitez knows the club has invested heavily in the past so may have to sell in order to bring in the players he wants.
But he did hint that bringing in a winger to help bring more out of star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be key.
“It is very easy to see that we have a great centre-forward,” added Benitez.
“He’s very good in the air, he can score goals.
“But we have to provide him with good crosses, good passes. We can improve in these areas and, from the wide areas, the crosses will come.
“When we can do that, the team will be a little bit better.
“Depending a lot on the financial situation because Financial Fair Play is there.
“You have to follow these rules but we have to bring what we need.
“We have to be ambitious but at the same time, we have to manage the situation.
“We maybe have some players that have to leave. If they leave, it will give us more chances to approach other players and improve the squad.”
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