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Everton’s Tactics under Carlo Ancelotti

Everton’s Tactics under Carlo Ancelotti


Carlo Ancelotti took over Everton in December,
leading them to two consecutive wins against Burnley and Newcastle United. Up to and including the game against Crystal
Palace, Everton have won five league games, drawn two, and lost only to Manchester City,
although they did also lose a Merseyside derby in the FA Cup to a very young and inexperienced
Liverpool side. Ancelotti is one of the leading managers in
world football, with significant successes achieved during his time at AC Milan, including
two Champions League titles, as well as league wins with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and
Bayern Munich, and another Champions League win with Real Madrid. He’s known for being a tactical flexible
coach, overcoming a slightly dogmatic adherence to a 4-4-2 developed at Reggiana and then
Parma, and he’s also well-regarded for adapting his tactics to suit his squad and for his
man management skills. Despite this flexibility, Ancelotti still
likes his sides to defend in a 4-4-2 shape. He believes this achieves the greatest degree
of horizontal and vertical compactness, a clear echo of the influential Italian coach
Arrigo Sacchi. Ancelotti also seems to favour a degree of
pressing, especially high. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the more aggressive
presser, while Richarlison tends to sit off slightly to mark the diagonal out-ball from
left-side to right, but he will engage should the ball move across to the opposition right
back. Behind these two, the midfield generally align
as a horizontally compact line of four, with the wingers tucking inside slightly; this
allows the full backs to push up and press should this line be by-passed out wide and
they are, in turn, covered by the centre-backs moving wide or the central midfield dropping
off. It’s also worth noting that one of the two
central midfielders, usually Gylfi Sigurdsson, is also freed up to push forwards to press
centrally should the opposition start to move the ball backwards in anything other than
a very controlled manner. This is a good indication of how Ancelotti
mixes zonal and man-orientated pressing. Should this happen, Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin
tend to fan wide to ensure the press is uniform across the pitch. This pressing system has downsides which,
interesting, are echoes of some of the problems Ancelotti had at Napoli too. The aggressiveness of the full backs, and
the 4-4-2 formation, mean that should team bypass the first two lines of the press, Everton
can be caught out. This is especially the case if a centre-back
is pulled wide and the central midfield cannot cover quickly enough. However, it’s an issue that, on balance,
is probably worth accepting given Everton’s increased ability to win back the ball and
transition to attack. In attack, Everton have looked fairly assured
since the Italian took over. In common with a number of other teams, a
central midfielder, usually the more defensive of the two from the central pairing, will
drop off to provide the semblance of a back three. This permits the full backs to push high and
wide and provide crossing opportunities. On the left especially, Bernard will drift
infield to be an option for the dynamic, attacking Lucas Digne to work one-twos and find space. On the right, Theo Walcott will sometimes
do this, but he also likes to go outside while the right-back pushes in – this worked very
well for Everton’s first against Crystal Palace, for example. Walcott’s pace and energy has been a factor
for Everton, as he is able to get back to double up defensively with the right-back,
either Sidibe or Coleman, and then burst forwards to provide an attacking threat. Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin appear to be
working well in tandem. Richarlison can loiter behind the aerially
strong Calvert-Lewin, waiting for knock downs or half clearances, but the Brazilian will
also run ahead the English striker, who is happy to drop back and play him in, or look
to shift the ball wide before moving into the box. The Brazilian certainly has a freer role,
but he is not the sort of ‘striker’ who actually drops off and mostly plays as a ten,
nor does he play as an inverted forward who happens to be in a front two rather than a
front three. He is arguably Everton’s most dangerous
player and Ancelotti has found a role for him that accentuates his strengths while also
managing to retain enough structure to ensure he’s part of the defensive set-up. Everton look most dangerous when they can
run at pace against a defence, using the skill and awareness of players like Richarlison,
Bernard, Digne, and Calvert-Lewin to drive at teams. The set-piece threat of Yerry Mina is significant
too, as Watford found to their cost. Everton can construct attacks from deeper,
but they have to work hard to manufacture the little opportunities to get players into
space and use the pace that makes them dangerous. Nonetheless, under Ancelotti, Everton seem
to be a team with a clearer identity and plan than under Marco Silva; the experienced Italian’s
man-management, tactical astuteness, and ability to work out how to get the best from a squad
is paying dividends for the Toffees.

Comments (97)

  1. Please make one for quique setian in barcelona

  2. first to comment ?

  3. finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 IM FIRST, AFTER 2 years subbing to you IM FIRST!!!!!! PIN THIS TIFO!!!!

  4. Yessssss my team my boss let’s gooo

  5. Why am I always SO early for your videos

  6. Pls do Manchester city fc potential european ban and how they can scape the punishment videos.thanks

  7. Best football channel, anyone else?

  8. Im touching myself

  9. hello from Somalia

  10. Do u guys use some sort of bot/program to make these illustrations? How do u guys have the time to draw all these??🔥🔥

  11. During his time at Bayern, Ancelotti was often criticized for relying too much on simply crossing and for using Müller as a winger. Would you say that Ancelotti was still a tactically flexible manager back then?

  12. I'm an Arsenal fan but I like Tifo I'll watch any video they post

  13. disappointing loss yesterday but i'm excited by our near future

  14. Judging a manager less than 20 games in is silly. I always say that you need at least 3 seasons for a manager to stamp his trademark on the squad. First season for the players and manager to get used to one another; second season to fully implement and realize their tactics and the third season to give a clear direction on the club's trajectory and performance grades.

  15. They will be a force to reckon with soon under anchelotti. They were exhilarating today against Arsenal

  16. Couldn't out master Arteta, though to be fair no one has in 2020

  17. Not clever releasing this after we lost – undeservedly (!!) – to Arsenal yestersday.🙄

  18. Evernton got mad cash huh??

  19. Legend has it…Ancelotti has even managed The Athletic.

  20. I'd never miss a tifo video in my life bro!

  21. My favorite manager!

  22. Yeah Arsenal completely caught them off guard with a long driven through pass from David Silva(David Luiz!!! Mistakes were made), they were focusing on disrupting Xhaka and Ceballos when on the ball. But Silva pushed forward with the ball and completely bamboozled them.

  23. Bunch of hooker's n cocaine

  24. Setien barca soon ?

  25. A German and an Italian are on Merseyside🔥

  26. God originally appeared on the Athletic

  27. Would've liked to see a bit more on their set pieces, I think they've scored a lot more from their set pieces and also have really interesting patterns

  28. This article originally appeared in the athletic….not.

  29. Ancelotti was brought to Everton by The Athletic

  30. Unlimited eye wax with 2 -3 defeat

  31. Love a tactics video!!! Great Job!

  32. Everton were so unlucky not to score more than 2 goals against Arsenal last night. Good to see a massive improvement in the style of play by an iconic manager. 🔥

  33. Do a video on lazio's "Igli Tare"

  34. I kind of miss the Atletic

  35. They lost to Arsenal

  36. Tifo, I love you for this

  37. What's the music in the end?

  38. Son: where do babies come from?
    Me: they originally appear on the Athletic
    Great video btw

  39. there is a reason that Moshriri chased him for 2 years

  40. Next arteta's arsenal?

  41. Mikel Arteta at Arsenal?

  42. "Carlo fantastico,couldn't beat the kids yeno,ole ole,ole,ole"

  43. As a chelsea fan I feel he was our greatest ever manager. Was absolutely gutted to see him let go by cfc.

  44. Do Atalanta’s tactics

  45. It’s crazy how the flaw you pointed out was the reason Arsenal scored their second goal yesterday

  46. Can you please do a video about Arsenal under Arteta?

  47. I still can't believe that you haven't done a video on Atalanta.

  48. why do i get the feeling that this was released in anticipation for an everton win against arsenal

  49. Tactics would imply Everton have some sort of plan when they go out on a football pitch.

    Which has quite clearly not been the case for about 30 odd years.

  50. A video on Fulham Tactics this year would be interesting.

    They are bottom of the table for 'Goals scored on the Break', with zero…

    Parker ball has been really poor to watch

  51. Neverton are a bland club, they’re literally just the club that’s ‘there’, no one cares about them, wtf is ancelotti wasting his time there for

  52. Plz make a video on Setien's Barcelona..

  53. When Tifo upload an Everton video it's a good day

  54. Missed the teams tactics and player centered videos❤

  55. Marco Silva was a clueless clown who constantly applied a formation that didn’t suit the squad he had. He had no plan B, he was infuriating to watch manage.

    Carlo has already shown his experience, having DCL team up with Richy. Couple of transfer windows and the midfield will be transformed, and Everton will be cooking on gas!

  56. I still cant believe he is our Manager its great

  57. Carlo fantastico
    Carlo magnifico

  58. I imagine the players in the video will look outdated soon, if not the tactics. Can’t see Sidibe being here next season, and I think (hope) Gomes will replace our £45m waste of space as a creative option. Can’t be helped right now obviously, and great vid as always.

  59. why tf isn't there a video on city's ban

  60. What's with the 80's porn music in the background?

  61. We drew against Newcastle. Sadly

  62. I love Ancelotti!! His time at Madrid will always make him loved with us

  63. Sigurdsson and Gomes won't work in that centre midfield pairing. One has to go to make way for a defensive minded midfielder like Delph or Gbamin when he's back.

  64. Could Tifo do a Tactics video on Paulo Fonseca's Roma?

  65. They lost to one more team too😉

  66. Could have raised his left eyebrow on the thumbnail

  67. Let's be frank. Ancelotti is the best manager currently & Only one who can flex according to squad rather than buy a squad which suits him

  68. Do Arsenal under Arteta too.

  69. Everton got a very good manager.

  70. everton will crush manchester united next week

  71. Alert!! This video is not inspired by the athletic CODE RED

  72. Would love a vid on Arteta's Arsenal tbr

  73. 3:14 the tattoos on Walcott and Bernard lol

  74. Arsenal under arteta plus Pepe to silence haters

  75. More of the tactical analysis.

  76. Ancelotti’s Chelsea got figured out in his second season.

  77. Can u do a full tactics and playing style of a great football club( i mean how they atack from buliding from back . when oponent teams were man marked all players of team and high presing how will they atack or keep ball for creating danger in oponent penalty box i need a full tactical explained video of a great football club

  78. After many years of supporting Madrid, I was tired of them when they won two ucl in a row. Desperately looking for an underdog team to support for the previous two seasons. Finally when Don Carlo joined Everton, I knew which club I should support from now on. The excitement never fades away when you support a mediocre team.

  79. Wonder where Silva will end up next.

  80. Ancelotti is one of those managers along with Rafa Benitez, Marcelino and others, who would be at a bigger club except that they play football which is considers unfashionable. Biggest clubs in Europe are not interested in 4-4-2 even if it can be done effectively and you can score a lot of goals.

  81. Make one for Atalanta please.

  82. Will we see an Arsenal video…

  83. It will be very nice and insightful if you could do a video on Al Ahly's(Egypt) wonderful season so far

  84. Carlo Magnifico
    Couldn’t beat the kids yeno

  85. i like how this channel just focuses on what the title says, every other ancelotti vid on youtube has an undercurrent of "everton shouldn't have him as their manager" i really appreciate that this doesn't.

  86. My favorite team so thanks for this!

  87. I'd say that Everton very rarely play well for a full game so far under Ancelotti. I'd put this down to a very poor performing midfield which should get bolstered when Andre Gomes returns (as he is undoubtedly Everton's best midfielder)

    This video also seems to miss out just how instrumental Holgate has been.

  88. Tactics for Arsenal under Arteta?

  89. do a west ham video so i can cry and release the floodgates

  90. Defo drew 2-2 with newcastle

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