Howard Kendall: Everton FC still in Europa League control
MAKE no mistake about it, the Blues are still in the driving seat ahead of the away leg of their Europa League tie with Sporting. They will go to Lisbon next week and they only have to score first to put themselves in a great position to progress to the last 16 of the competition. Sporting were fairly neat and tidy and looked OK on the counter attack, but overall Everton are stronger. If anything I'd like to see David Moyes go over there and ask his team to play at a Premier League pace, harrying Sporting and looking to score fast. Everton beat Chelsea because they responded to Chelsea's continental approach of keeping a low tempo and knocking it about by getting stuck into them and picking up the pace. But against Sporting the Blues actually adopted a bit more of a Continental style themselves. I'd like to see them shock Sporting in their own backyard with a 100mph English approach. It's hard when you start off at one pace in a game to switch it to a faster one, so the Blues are better going for it from the onset. Look at the likes of Arsenal who play in a very continental style. They often find it hard to adapt even when they really need to. Sometimes there is nothing better than a bit of directness. I'm still not a fan of the extra officials in a Europa League game. Why on earth Uefa don't introduce goal line technology is beyond me. They have a man behind the goal now but they are still relying on the human eye and the computers are far more accurate. Maybe they will have to be embarrassed by another high profile mistake before they decide to go for it.
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