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What to expect from Ancelotti at Everton?

Carlo Ancelotti, Everton FC
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The Italian tactician is in his second stint with a Premier League club, the pressure is not as high as at Chelsea but the expectations remain great with Everton.

Roberto Martinez succeeded David Moyes and was the last man to stay at Goodison Park for more than 60 games. Carlo Ancelotti succeeds Marco Silva and can emulate both Martinez and Moyes at Merseyside.

It was David Moyes who established the Toffees as a top-half Premier League side. With Leicester City and Tottenham’s rise under Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino, respectively, the top-six has become a tough and congested fight.  

This leaves any incoming Everton manager with a stiff task on his hands. And this is what Ancelotti finds himself in. Fighting the best Premier League has to offer with a squad that is in dire need of remodeling.

Ten games into his reign, he has a better record than any manager to have preceded him in the last twenty years. But this is a very small sample size and Ancelotti will have to prove successful over a longer period of time.

Toffees Expectations

The Italian has the pedigree to oversee this change. After all, he has been instrumental at AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Napoli and Real Madrid. And Everton are in good hands with the man who delivered the elusive La Decima.

He also holds a special place amongst Chelsea fans. Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte sent formidable teams on the pitch, but it was the Italian’s title winners who are ranked as the most entertaining to watch.

A similar trait would be witnessed at Goodison Park. Ancelotti will not send out defensive units that remain compact and give dour performances. This is not how the Italian perceives the game.

Ancelotti views the game as a dynamic puzzle, part of the solution to which is available prior to the matchup in team selection. And the other selected with tactics selection and adaptation during the game.

Everton have not been competitive in a long time. They have not been beautiful to watch in a longer period of time. Carlo Ancelotti can deliver that. He has done it everywhere he has been.

Both Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin look reformed players under his leadership, while the ever green Gylfi Sigurdsson continues to perform. These are good signs of things to come and Eveton seem to be on the right path.