Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with his players' reaction to last week's disappointing performance against Aston Villa as they toppled European qualification rivals, West Ham, at the London Stadium.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin's first-half strike off Ben Godfrey's excellent pass was all the Toffees needed as they stymied David Moyes's attack and held on to claim their 11th away win of the Premier League campaign.
Ancelotti had called for a response from his players after they went down meekly 2-1 to Villa at Goodison Park in their previous match because he knew that Everton's European hopes might effectively be over had they been beaten by the Hammers.
“It was a vital victory, if we didn't win here, we were out of the fight for Europe,” the Italian said. “It was necessary to have a result here.
“There was pressure on the game. We managed the game well, playing defensively at the top, really good, and dangerous on the counter-attack.
“The attitude and spirit and concentration and motivation were really high. The players know it will be vital against Aston Villa, we have to be ready, to prepare to feel the game.
“It was important to feel how important the game was today. We are still in the fight, there are only four games but we can fight.
“After defeats, we reacted really well, a lot of times,” Ancelotti continued. “Now we want to act, not have a reaction. It is a vital game [away against Aston Villa on Thursday] and we have to be ready.
“We are not focused on the other teams, we are focused on our games, to try to get as many points as possible.
“We have four difficult games and I don't care what the other teams do. The competitiveness of the Premier League is top, at the height, and will be until the final games.”
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1 Posted 12/05/2021 at 05:25:06
It is only this that is going to give Everton the percentage chance to get through, since they are always prone to a goal against and limited goals for. The same defensive formation will continue, with a counter-attacking option.
2 Posted 12/05/2021 at 06:11:38
3 Posted 12/05/2021 at 06:30:44
4 Posted 12/05/2021 at 07:43:37
5 Posted 12/05/2021 at 07:43:42
6 Posted 12/05/2021 at 08:17:09
Anyone who thinks they don't need to hear it, or don't think it applies to them should stay sitting down.
7 Posted 12/05/2021 at 10:07:34
Normally this would be the case, but at Everton they have to be jollied along and encouraged. If the backroom staff and players are threatened or pressurised, enough of them are likely to down tools and allow the pressure to flow back on the manager. They would not care a jot about Europe and may not want the extra power that qualification would give to the manager. They have conducted themselves this way with Ancelotti's predecessors, helping them on their way out.
That is why Ancelotti is shouting 'spirit' and 'workrate'from the roof tops, unlike other managers, so that the pressure comes from outside the club and Europe becomes a public agenda. Ancelotti is cute enough not to define 'Europe' – it could mean Champions League, Europa League or Europa Conference League.
They all would increase Ancelotti's power and he would be better able to act as you suggest. It's more a fight for Everton's consciousness, than a battle for Europe. With a bit of luck, Ancelotti will achieve his objective.
8 Posted 12/05/2021 at 10:46:29
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10 Posted 12/05/2021 at 11:07:46
He'd be a natural, getting the show on the road which it is where it's been this season. And after the game, players could be nominated for Widow Twanky and the Horse's Arse!
The only person it might be unfair to is Mr Ancelotti.
11 Posted 12/05/2021 at 11:26:44
There's no reason that we can't go to Villa and be very confident and go for it. A Top 6 finish should be a serious and achievable target now that our strongest players can help the push.
12 Posted 12/05/2021 at 13:50:16
Just seen a clip of the incident and it does appear to strike the hand of the West Ham defender.
13 Posted 12/05/2021 at 14:18:33
I think Carlo meant that there was no explanation of the non-decision from the VAR officials rather than VAR itself not being available.
14 Posted 12/05/2021 at 14:46:23
I tend to agree with you, however, the quotes from the Echo report suggest differently. Nevertheless, it could have cost Everton, dear, had the Hammers equalised. Seeing as the broadcasters seem to show any controversial incident a zillion times, I'm amazed that it was missed entirely.
"It was a big mistake, a huge mistake. It cannot happen with VAR. It cannot happen. "Nobody said nothing to us, apologised or said sorry. It was enough to say, 'Sorry, we made a mistake'."
"I think the VAR was not there at the stadium. At the end of the day we won, but imagine if West Ham had equalised at the last minute after that mistake?
"It was a big mistake, a huge mistake. It cannot happen with VAR. It cannot happen.
"Nobody said nothing to us, apologised or said sorry. It was enough to say, 'Sorry, we made a mistake'."
15 Posted 12/05/2021 at 14:56:28
That link doesn't work mate. Brings you back to this thread.
16 Posted 12/05/2021 at 14:58:46
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18 Posted 12/05/2021 at 18:19:28
Yes you are right it's my opinion. The proof will be evident or not if Everton can qualify for Europe. They have qualified for Europe before and it did not seem to matter. I do think that it will be different with a Manager with European Competition experience and a changed format. I have followed Everton since the sixties and my opinion is based on the necessity for change.
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