The arrival of experienced Italian head coach Carlo Ancelotti has transformed Everton’s season.
A 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Goodison Park means that the Merseysider’s are only outside the Premier League top-six by virtue of inferior goal difference to sixth-place Sheffield United.
It is an incredible turnaround for a team that just a few weeks ago was talked about as potential relegation candidates.
Wins most of the games he should
Ancelotti inherited a squad of overpriced players. Many were not worth the fees that the Toffees paid to sign them. Former boss Marco Silva struggled to cobble a winning team together with the players at his disposal.
However, Ancelotti is a boss who seems to breed confidence amongst his players and the fans of the clubs he manages. The Italian has had a reasonably comfortable fixture list since he arrived and more often than not won the games he should have so far.
For example, under Silva, the Toffees would definitely not have won at Watford last weekend or beaten Palace. Despite some fans questioning Ancelotti’s decisions, he has got more things right than wrong since his arrival on Merseyside.
A tough run of fixtures
Ancelotti will find out a lot about his current squad of players over the next four games. The Toffees face a trip to Arsenal, a home match with Manchester United, another trip to the capital to face Chelsea before a home match against arch-rivals Liverpool.
No doubt that is a tough run of fixtures. However, Ancelotti’s team will head into in good spirits and will hope to pick up as many points as they can in a bid to clinch an unlikely top-six finish this season.
The veteran Italian boss has got a lot out of the current squad. Everybody associated with Everton will be looking forward to seeing what Ancelotti can do next season when he has strengthened his squad.
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