Koeman: Everton will be ready for Europe

Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes his side will be well-prepared for the challenges of life in the Europa League next season.

The Toffees are guaranteed to finish their Premier League campaign in seventh position, which means they will claim a spot in the Europa League.

Their participation in the competition will increase the workload on their players, but Koeman believes the fitness levels of the players have improved and revealed that they are already planning their off-season preparation.

"The difference is that the team will be better fitness-wise than it was at the start of this season," Koeman told the club's official website.

"The players also know the manager, they know the way we like to train, and the intensity we like to put into our training sessions, and that's different than it was last season.

"I also know the players better than I knew them last year so there are lots of differences in a positive way."

He added: "We planned things two months ago to start on July 3. The players need a holiday (once this season finishes) and some may still be on international duty up to June 13.

"I believe the players need at least three weeks' holiday and maybe I will decide that some players could even come back later than July 3."

Everton will enter the Europa League at the third qualifying round stage, two weeks before the Premier League kicks off.