It has been revealed that the Everton squad developed ‘cliques’ under Marco Silva whilst training at Finch Farm, something which Davide Ancelotti is helping to remedy.
In a recent feature for The Athletic, the younger Ancelotti’s role at the club has been analysed. Teamed up with his father and Everton’s assistant manager Duncan Ferguson, the three have restored a sense of unity both on the pitch and the training ground – patching up the shattered morale left by Silva.
When the 42-year-old was given the sack, Everton were 18th in the Premier League table, battling against the deadly pull of the relegation zone. However, not only were results poor on the pitch, but things behind the scenes weren’t running smoothly either.
Portuguese cliques had reportedly developed during training, with others struggling against the language barrier. Factors such as this will likely have heavily impacted team bonding and working relationships, potentially affecting match-day performances.
Fortunately, with Davide Ancelotti now part of the hierarchy, communication ease has spiked. The 30-year-old can speak an impressive five languages – English, Italian, Spanish, French and German – meaning there is no player nor member of staff he cannot communicate fluently with. The backroom staff have also been asked to improve their English in order to keep everyone on the same wavelength.
Everton currently sit 12th in the league table on 37 points, just six behind sixth-place Wolves. The change in personnel at the hilt of the club has done wonders for the Merseyside outfit, who boast five wins and three draws out of their 11 Premier League games played under Carlo Ancelotti’s reign. Contrastingly, the Blues suffered nine defeats from their 15 league games played with Silva at the hilt – conceding an alarming 27 goals in that time (via Transfermarkt).
The Toffees have scored 17 goals since the Italian era began, with top goal-getter Dominic Calvert-Lewin ranked in the top ten highest scorers in the Premier League (via BBC Sport). Indeed, the Ancelottis have seemingly reignited the fire in the bellies of these Everton players given their impressive form under him, and it seems that the squad are finally operating under a system they truly want to perform for.
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