Everton conceded 58 goals in the league a year ago, finishing with a negative goal difference, but they head to north London having cut that number to 44 this campaign, with 14 clean sheets along the way.
Everton visit Tottenham on Sunday in their final game of the season.
"I think in a normal situation he was for sure not starting the game, but we started with him and before that problem starts something [becomes more serious], in half-time we made the change". "What we have achieved this season - top four and final of the Champions League - it is hard to assess now, but in time the people [fans] will realise what we achieve".
"We're in a good position and need to take the game, be competitive with all our energy", he said.
City became the first team since Manchester United in 2009 to retain a Premier League title.
Former Tottenham man Gylfi Sigurdsson received a warm welcome from the Spurs fans as he looked to create opportunities for his current teammates to score.
And Rose admitted last week that his Tottenham future is in doubt and that he wants to go out "with a bang" against Liverpool in the Champions League final, if that's his Spurs farewell.
"All of us, we want more".
"Of course I can see (progress)", Silva said. We finished five or six points behind third, fourth, fifth and that has to be our aim.
There are a few matches that are contenders for a high-scoring game, one being at Crystal Palace simply because the opposition is Bournemouth (who can quite often score three or four as well as concede the same amount) but when I saw that the Cherries were available to back at [4.0] I had to abandon all thoughts of backing Over 3.5 or 4.5 Goals.
The 22-year-old only joined the Toffees from Watford in July but his fine form - he has netted 13 Premier League goals in 35 appearances this season - has caught the eye of some of Europe's biggest clubs. That's the way we need to take the game and then what happens, happens.
The hosts' performance could potentially be explained by their exploits in Amsterdam on Wednesday, however, as Spurs beat Ajax 3-2 to secure progress to the Champions League final on away goals. The players and staff have shown so much character.
"We meet again July 1 and we'll work back to where we belong".