Everton slogged with three-quarters of the possession against a disciplined Burnley side, and finally broke the visitors down with ten minutes to play. Djibril Sidibe got a cross into the box and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored with a magnificent diving header worthy of the winner.
Speaking after the game, manager Carlo Ancelotti was happy with how his Everton debut had gone
“Today for me was really special. The reception was fantastic here at Goodison Park.
”The atmosphere in the Premier League didn’t change. The people that come to the stadium enjoy football. For me today it was a special day.”
On what he saw from his side given the limited time he’d spent with them before this game.
“I think the spirit of the team was good, we defended well, it was a special game with a lot of long balls. After that we tried to do some combinations in front. We were a little bit slow from the back in the first half, we had more problems, we were not so efficient in the counter attack.
“At the end, the performance was good, not top but a good performance. We had one training session about the strategy of the game so it was not too much. The players tried to do something different. For the first time it was good.
”Defensively we did not change. The fact we didn’t concede a goal to continue to have a clean sheet was good.”
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Ancelotti was satisfied with how his lead striker played.
“He is a fantastic striker in my opinion, strong with the head.
”Where he can improve and he has to improve is the movement without the ball. He has to be more focused on the goal.
“He is really generous so he moves up and down, left and right, he has to stay, in my opinion, more focused in the centre of the box.”
If you have to take anything away from this game, here it is.
December 26, 2019