On 17th October 2010 Everton managed to slot two goals past Liverpool and win 2-0 at the Goodison Park.
Exactly a decade later Everton face Liverpool once again, The only stat that matters is that they have not beaten their Merseyside Rivals since. A win against Liverpool is never easy but could act like a statement to all those who still doubt Ancelotti and his men.
Currently Everton sit at the top of the table as they have a perfect start to the season with 4 wins in 4 games and have also comfortably qualified to quarterfinals of the Carabao cup. Although its still too early to say but if Everton can keep this up the entire season but they will surely be looking forward to try and get a European Qualification this season along with at least one trophy. Let’s take a look into how Ancelotti revolutionized this Everton team and has given hope to half of Merseyside.
This decade has been full of ups and downs for he Toffees with them finishing as high as 5th in the 12\13 season and their lowest finish being 12th in the previous season.
Everton have consistently flirted with the idea of a champions league spot but have not been able to break into the top four since 2005.
Last season Everton were sitting at 18th when they decided to sack Portuguese manager Marcos Silva and put assistant manager Duncan Ferguson in charge for the time being while they searched for a new manager.
Another interesting stat that needs to be seen is that after David Moyes’s reign (2002-13) as manager the Toffees have had a total of 7 people take charge of the club which is why they needed to get their next appointment spot on
The appointment of Carlos Ancelotti was a very controversial one as although he had been a great manager in the past he had been sacked by both Bayern and Napoli after a very short time. Also Ancelotti had been managing European giants like Real Madrid and Chelsea his whole career which resulted in many Pundits debating whether he could manage a club like Everton.
Transfer Window– Midfield woes
The biggest blow to Everton’s midfield came due to the loss of key midfielder Idrissa Gueye who was bought by Paris Saint Germain at the beginning of last season. New signings like Fabian Delph who failed to perform and had a very abysmal season and their 25 million pound signing from Mainz, Gmabin missed the whole season out due to injury.
Whereas if we’re talking about those who already exist at the club, Andres Gomes missed out on the majority part of the season due to a gruesome leg injury that he picked against Spurs and other players like Gylfi Siggurdson, Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin failed to impress.
Ancelotti clearly knew what his side needed and wasted no time in signing two vital central midfielders, Allan from Napoli and Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford. The Brazilian’s signature was a statement from Everton as currently he is one of the best defensive midfielders in the game. On the other hand the former Watford man is a very respected box to box midfielder whose presence is vital on both ends of the pitch. The work rate of these two is so high that it allows the other creative midfielders like Gomes and Sigurdsson to focus mainly on creating and supplying the ball to the forwards.
The Key Players
The romance between Ancelotti and Rodriguez resumed once again this summer as this is now the third time that the Columbian international is playing under Ancelotti( Real Madrid and Bayern Munich were the previous two).The 29 year old’s career had come to a still at Real as he was not getting the playtime he deserved and his performances were not up to the mark. James had been written off by everyone as there was absolutely no competition to the signature of James. The signature of Rodriguez has sparked life into Everton’s attack as he has had three very impressive performances in the league so far.
The 23 year old has struggled under previous managers and had finished the season at only 13 league goals in the previous season. One month into the new season and he has already bagged 6 league goals, 3 cup goals in just 5 starts. DC also bagged his first International goal for the Three Lions in the international break. He looks like a completely new striker under Ancelotti as he also won the Player Of The month for September. With support from Richarlison and Rodriguez he will surely be looking to have a career record breaking season and can help the Toffees get a European Qualification.
The 2015-16 Premier league season was one like no other as it completely changed our perception of the game. The one thing that it made us realize is that nothing is impossible and even though we are only 4 gameweek’s into the season, matches like Aston Villa 7- 2 Liverpool and Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham Hotspurs has given us a glimpse into what a dramatic season this could be. Can Ancelotti’s Men actually beat the odds and go the distance? The only answer to that question is that I can’t wait to find out