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Carlo Ancelloti has got off to a flying start at Everton especially this season as they are perhaps favorites to win the league if they continue in this kind of form. Ancelotti took over affairs at Everton after the Toffees had sacked Marco Silva. Don Carlo, as he is fondly called, rejuvenated the Everton side and they are now strong contenders for the league title.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton believes in a counter-pressing approach to win the ball. They press in various shapes ranging from the 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1, or the 4-1-4-1. However, they appear in a 4-3-3 on paper as James Rodriguez and Richarlison occupy the right and left-wing respectively with Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the center of the attack.
Calvert-Lewin is usually the one who leads the press as Andre Gomes leaves the midfield position in a 4-3-3 to get into more attacking positions or lurk around Calvert-Lewin while Rodriguez and Calvert-Lewin block the opposing fullbacks. Their pressing is very ball-oriented and this means they don’t press in one way. If the opposition uses their fullbacks to build up, Rodriguez and Calvert-Lewin would employ a wider approach at pressing.
In whichever formation they use to press, they always make sure that the opposition’s passing lanes are limited and Ancelotti is smart enough to know that this requires a variety of pressing patterns. Allan is very key to their press as he usually defends the opposition’s attacking midfielder and gives freedom to the likes of Gomes and Doucoure to press further forward. Allan does not cover the wing but makes sure that he takes control of the central area and block passing lanes in the half-spaces.
A key component of Everton’s attack is how they make use of their right-wing. Obviously, James Rodriguez is not the player who would stick wide and dribble pasts defenders to create space and this is why Ancelotti adopts the style of him forming triangles with Abdoulaye Doucoure and Coleman. Doucoure who plays in the right midfield and Seamus Coleman as the right-back position alternate positions consistently with James Rodriguez who would then have more options to play as a no.10 or playmaker.
Coleman would occupy the right-wing when Rodriguez drifts inside and Doucoure little forward especially when the Colombian takes up deeper positions. Basically, they form passing triangles between each other and this is mainly to take advantage of Rodriguez’s long, pin-point, and accurate passes into Lucas Digne who would then cross the ball into the box for players such as Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison to score.
The rotations between the trio of Rodriguez, Doucoure, and Richarlison is majorly to disrupt the shape of the opposition and open up spaces in the wings. The Toffees know that they have physical players like Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin and they try to make use of crosses into the box from players like Rodriguez, Coleman, or Digne to score.l