Marco Silva believes Everton’s home clash with West Ham will be a turning point in their season.
The Toffees boss is under increasing pressure with the club in the relegation zone after losing four successive Premier League games.
Following Everton’s most recent defeat, a 1-0 loss at Burnley, Silva dubbed Saturday’s West Ham game, which is LIVE on talkSPORT, a ‘must-win game for us’.
When he was asked on Friday about that, and if the message to the players was it had to be a turning point in the campaign, the Portuguese coach said: “We believe it will be.
“When I used those words, it was first because for us as a club, all the matches must be must-win matches. That is the mentality we are trying to create.
“And I use that because it has to be a turning point for us because we have all the conditions to do that, full confidence in our players to be able to play in our stadium as well, and I think it is a good start to the match, thinking of it like a must-win.
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“At the moment we are not in the best moment with confidence really high, but we have to go for this match thinking it will be a must-win game.”
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has sacked Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce since arriving at Goodison Park in February 2016.
And Silva could be the next managerial casualty if his side lose to West Ham this weekend.
He said: “Pressure for us as professionals has to be a privilege, a pleasure, because it means we are doing what we really love, that we are working in a football club which is demanding for ourselves.
“We have to put this pressure behind us every day. For me it is never a problem, and it is something I try to pass to my players every single day. Pressure is really good.
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“It means you are at a club that wants to win, a club with big ambition, and it is the reality of our position.
“The table is not good. Our last results aren’t good enough. We have to react and the pressure has to be good for us.
“Embracing the moment is the reality in this moment. We can perform better, we can win the game.”