Dominic Calvert-Lewin reveals Rafa Benitez’s half-time message following Everton’s comeback against Southampton

Everton 3-Southampton 1

Everton kicked off their 2021/22 Premier League campaign on Saturday.

The Toffees welcomed Southampton to Goodison Park for what was Rafa Benitez’s first competitive game in the dugout.

Things would get off to a nightmare start for the Spaniard, as new signing Adam Armstrong put the Saints 1-0 up after 22 minutes.

Everton were then unable to find a reply before the break, but their comeback was very impressive in the second 45.

Richarlison drew the home outfit level after just 47 minutes on Saturday, before Abdoulaye Doucoure put Everton in front after 76 minutes.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin then put the result beyond doubt after 81 minutes with a diving header:

Saint Domingo. 😇🔵

— Everton (@Everton) August 14, 2021

Calvert-Lewin reveals Benitez’s message

After scoring three in the second 45, it did appear as though Rafa Benitez had some clear words of advice in the Everton dressing room at the break.

And now, DCL has moved to provide an insight into what the Spaniard said.

When drawn on this subject, Calvert-Lewin revealed that Benitez’s message was about staying calm and staying cool:

“I think it was just more about us staying calm, staying cool.

“Being 1-0 down was not ideal. The first game of the season with the fans back in the stadium. So I think it was just about regrouping, getting together and coming out with more intent.

“It didn’t quite go to plan in the first half but I think the main thing was just not to panic and to stay relaxed.”

Calvert-Lewin also discussed having fans back in stadiums this season:

 “It was a great feeling, having the fans back in the stadium just felt like being a kid again or felt like when I made my debut. Getting goosebumps coming out to the sirens.

“To get that goal – I scored a few last season but with no fans – and that one was a special one.”

Quotes via the Liverpool Echo.

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