Instead, the Dutchman claimed he would have to criticise himself because “the team was not prepared” for the challenge of playing against the Serie A side.
Toffees fans took to social media to hurl blame at the ex-Southampton boss during the match and it appears pressure has only grown since the final whistle.
And with the club having spent close to £100 million on new recruits during the summer, Koeman was keen to save his stars from being torn apart following their dismal showing:
"The team was not prepared…that's the manager."
Ronald Koeman accepts the blame for Everton's defeat… pic.twitter.com/UQAmyIeeip
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) September 14, 2017
Everton had been hoping for a change of fortune against Atalanta, following last weekend’s embarrassing 3-0 loss to Tottenham at Goodison Park.
What do you make of Koeman’s strategy here, is he right to defend the players after such a poor showing?
Or is he simply trying to re-build some confidence in a team that’s shipped six goals in two games without response?