Everton have a ‘season-defining’ week ahead of them according to Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Blues travel to the south coast for Sunday’s Premier League clash at Brighton and Hove Albion before home games with Lyon and Arsenal.
Ronald Koeman’s side have picked up just seven points from their opening seven Premier League matches – the same as their newly-promoted hosts this weekend who go into the fixture above them on goal difference.
And the Blues have continued their poor form on the European stage as well, collecting just a single point from their first two Europa League group games which has left their potential progression into the knockout phase hanging in the balance.
Because of the international break, Everton have had two weeks to brood on their 1-0 home defeat to Burnley last time out and Sigurdsson is well aware that the team needs to start producing.
He said: “We need to get back to winning ways.
“It was a disappointing result against Burnley last time out, so it’s very important for us to start picking up points and it would be nice to do that on Sunday.
“It’s a big week for us. We’ve got three games now in the space of eight days or so, so it is important for us to start well and get a good result against Brighton.
“That will then take us into the next couple of games on Thursday and Sunday.
“It’s just football at the end of the day, if you’re playing for your country or your club, so I think it’s quite easy for us to switch back into club football. We’re used to it and I think all the players will be ready on Sunday.”
Sigurdsson is at least heading down to the Sussex coast on a high having fired his home nation of Iceland into their first World Cup finals, netting the opening goal in their 2-0 victory over Kosovo which ensured they topped their group, writes the Liverpool Echo.
He said: “I’m very excited. It’s been a really good week for us, we had the celebrations on Monday night and we’re obviously delighted we’ve made it to the World Cup.
“It’s something we’ve all been waiting to see happen to Icelandic football – to actually go to the World Cup.
“It’s happening now so it’s just an outstanding feeling and I think all of the players and the people of Iceland are really proud of it. We’ll be looking forward to going to Russia.
“Leading up to the game you were hoping and wishing you could help the team with a goal, so it was a nice feeling to score in such an important game.
“It’s two major tournaments in a row now and that’s a great achievement for the country.”
Source : DailyPost