'A flawless day' - Ancelotti delighted to start Everton tenure with a win

Tanya Simon
December 28, 2019

The Republic of Ireland skipper, who slipped out of the first team picture under Marco Silva, was part of Ancelotti's first Toffees selection and provided the assist for Dominic Calvert-Lewin match-winning header at Goodison Park.

"But I think momentum's been building from the few games that Duncan had, so we'll rest up, get ready to go again and hopefully it will be another three points [at Newcastle on Saturday] and we can keep climbing that table".

"After that we tried to make some combinations in front, but we were a little slow from behind in the first half".

"Today, for me, was really special".

Three points against Burnley saw Everton climb to 13th in the Premier League, two points behind Sean Dyche's side.

"In the end the performance was good - not top but a good performance".

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Ancelotti also praised the goalscorer, who now has eight for the season after three goals in his last five games. Yet there become as soon as a tweak as, when Everton had the ball, it become as soon as more of a 3-5-2 with Bernard as a No 10 and Lucas Digne and Sidibe as wing-backs.

'He is really generous so he moves up and down, right and left, he has to be more focused on the goal'.

Ancelotti made two changes to the team that had been hold goalless by Arsenal five days ago, bringing Seamus Coleman back into defence and replacing the injured Alex Iwobi with Bernard. In truth, the Italian did a bit of both.

On paper, it appeared that Ancelotti would settle in a 4-4-2 where Coleman and Sidibe were tied together on the right, and that was the case when Everton was out of possession, very similar to when they suppressed Manchester United. Gylfi Sigurdsson picked out Mina, who headed the ball down into the path of Mason Holgate and from close range he shot straight at Nick Pope.

That ploy allowed the Brazilian to cause problems to Burnley in his pocket, although his final or final pass lacked a stubborn brick wall of Burnley. The Calvert-Lewin victor, created from scratch, did not look good, but his powerful main effort means that Ancelotti is starting to shower his reign positively.Larger challenges are lurking.

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