Ancelotti happy with 'vital victory'

Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 18comments  |  Jump to last

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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Jerome Shields
1 Posted 12/05/2021 at 05:25:06
I notice that Ancelotti is putting an emphasis on spirit, motivation and workrate. He now knows only too well that this is vital if Everton are to get into Europe when playing Aston Villa. The lack of it was why Aston Villa won the last time.

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.

Ajay Gopal
2 Posted 12/05/2021 at 06:11:38
I liked Carlo's remark: "Now we want to act, not have a reaction", it shows that he is expecting his team to be up for every game. The Premier League is a very, very tough league, and the entire team needs to be switched on from the 1st minute of the 1st game to the last minute of the last game.
Eddie Dunn
3 Posted 12/05/2021 at 06:30:44
I am pleased that Carlo is now emphasising the importance of these games and I hope he can get the lads to focus on the task and get the job done, but having seen an encouraging victory followed up by a languid display so many times this season, let's hope he has finally got the message through to his charges.
Brian Murray
4 Posted 12/05/2021 at 07:43:37
I think Carlo is asking things of this team that they obviously can't do. Will to win and spirit don't go hand in hand unless the pressure is completely off. This hopefully new batch we get have to have the Godfrey mentality. No more Sigurdsson, Gomes, Keane 'nice guy' bullshit. Gets us nowhere.
Jimmy Salt
5 Posted 12/05/2021 at 07:43:42
Seriously, if we don't make Europe, this season will end up like death by a thousand cuts.
Christine Foster
6 Posted 12/05/2021 at 08:17:09
Seriously, Get big Dunc to give the pre-match kick up the backside in the changing room before going out. Make sure he tells them that their continued contract with the club is at risk if they fail to perform. Its stand-up or **** off conversation. Every match is a must-win.
Anyone who thinks they don't need to hear it, or don't think it applies to them should stay sitting down.
Jerome Shields
7 Posted 12/05/2021 at 10:07:34
Christine #6,

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.

Ray Robinson
8 Posted 12/05/2021 at 10:46:29
Jerome, you can't possibly know any of that - just speculation. An opinion, maybe but with no way of backing it up. None of us knows what Ancelotti or the players, individual or collectively are thinking.
Jerome Shields
9 Posted 12/05/2021 at 10:58:25
The contrast between Ancelotti's and Moyes's post-match interviews shows the difference between a successful manager and a status quo manager. Moyes shies away from comparisons and objectives. Ancelotti is all performance targets and objectives, trying to set the agenda for the next game.
Alan J Thompson
10 Posted 12/05/2021 at 11:07:46
I think we should get Bill to give the pre-match talk, jolly or kick, it will all be the same, where he reads out the season's fixtures and according to the result they all have to shout; for a win, "Oh yes we did", for a loss, "Oh no we didn't" and a draw,"Look out he's behind you".

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.

Tony Everan
11 Posted 12/05/2021 at 11:26:44
He wants us to grasp the nettle and be proactive for a change. Allan is finding full fitness and decent form, Tom adds some energy into the middle, Doucouré will be more ready this week. Even James may make an appearance.

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.

Barry Hesketh
12 Posted 12/05/2021 at 13:50:16
According to Carlo, VAR wasn't available at West Ham, as if it were then Joshua King's goalbound header would have resulted in a penalty to Everton. I did see this floating about on other sites but from what I've seen, which is limited I cannot see a handball, however, surely it's mandatory for all Premier League matches to have VAR in operation? Perhaps, Carlo's comment has been lost in translation?

Just seen a clip of the incident and it does appear to strike the hand of the West Ham defender.

Brendan McLaughlin
13 Posted 12/05/2021 at 14:18:33
Barry #12
I think Carlo meant that there was no explanation of the non-decision from the VAR officials rather than VAR itself not being available.
Barry Hesketh
14 Posted 12/05/2021 at 14:46:23
Brendan @13
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.

"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'."


Brian Williams
15 Posted 12/05/2021 at 14:56:28
That link doesn't work mate. Brings you back to this thread.
Barry Hesketh
16 Posted 12/05/2021 at 14:58:46
See if this works Brian @15
Brian Williams
17 Posted 12/05/2021 at 15:00:25
Yeh that's sorted it mate, nice one. Looks like clear handball to me!
Jerome Shields
18 Posted 12/05/2021 at 18:19:28
Ray #8

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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