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ESPN FC  By ESPN

Everton's Ronald Koeman plays down Leicester City title comparisons

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has played down suggestions his side could replicate Leicester City's Premier League title win this season.

Everton have made an impressive start under Koeman since he replaced Roberto Martinez in the summer, with the club second in the table on 13 points after five matches.

Leicester staged a remarkable title win in 2015-16, but Koeman does not think there will be a repeat of the club's shock success.

Koeman said: "Last year no one expected Leicester to win. It will not happen again.

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"You like high expectation from everybody because it means we are doing well.

"But everybody knows it's only after five games and it is too early to predict anything. We know we have a strong team. We improved a lot and the team is working hard, and we know we can be really strong.

"The difference maybe from last season is the pressing statistics in front and that's the way we like to chase.

"The team is more compact and you get more clean sheets and still keep our offensive qualities, and that's good, the boys see it, they like it and they believe we are really strong."

Koeman's side overcame Middlesbrough 3-1 at the weekend and the Dutchman was particularly impressed with Idrissa Gueye, who signed for the club from Aston Villa in the summer.

"He was perfect in every aspect," Koeman said. "He wins a lot of the second balls and tackles, and but he also showed composure on the ball, left right and always trying to play forwards. He is fantastic signing for the club, and I hope we keep him a long time."

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