He was, of course, one of the best European managers heading to Goodison Park. A man who had basically won everything, asked to get the club back on track.
But what makes the Blues boss so impressive is his way of adjusting to the problems of the moment and finding a solution.
It hasn’t been the easiest time for the Italian with his new club. This season he has had to deal with the effects of a global pandemic, injuries leaving a team exhausted and a huge build-up of equipment.
Despite these issues, Everton still find themselves on the hunt for European football as they head into the final five games of the season.
And Ancelotti’s behind-the-scenes methods were somewhat uncovered by one of the club’s backstage staff, who visited the club shortly after the Italian arrived.
After working with the boss of Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich and Napoli, Francesco Mauri has taken the head of conditioning at Goodison Park.
And he believes Ancelotti deserves to be recognized for the strength of his staff and the way he trusts them to handle delegated tasks.
Mauri told areacoach.it [via Training Ground Guru]: “I think the coach deserves great credit for his adaptation to the evolution of football, which has changed a lot from its beginnings until today, especially in terms of working methodology.
“We often discuss the profound differences that his work has known from the time of Reggiana until today. It gives us a lot of freedom for our employees.
“If you don’t delegate something to those around you, it gets really complicated because you have so many tasks in a week that you just don’t have time to keep track of everything.
“In general, the cycle of information exchange between our employees is continuous. We’re so close that we can deal with the issues of every game very directly, without having to worry about what they say and how they say it.
Perhaps this is something that has often gone under the radar throughout Ancelotti’s time at Everton.
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Not only was it exciting to see a world-class manager arrive at Goodison Park, but it has been intriguing for the club’s supporters to understand every detail of what makes the boss so good.
This hard work behind the scenes will often go unnoticed. Fans are often unaware of this kind of information in the public sphere.
But, when those quotes come to the surface, they produce a deeper appreciation for a boss who introduces a whole new system from scratch to Finch Farm – not just with the game staff or those on the sideline one day. match.
A closer look at Mauri’s interview links to a quote from Cristiano Ronaldo, and how he managed to bring Everton and a way to change their center-backs in particular.
He added: “” Too much water kills the plant “. Yes, it was a sentence that he [Ronaldo] used to tell staff when they thought the load was too heavy that day.
“This line from Cristiano confirmed what we thought of the performance model of football, which is to focus more on intensity and less on volume.
“There are players, like Cristiano, who have a lot of physique, but if you look at the volume data (GPS distances) you will see how often they are very low compared to other players. However, in the game, he is often more than efficient.
“This year I did a study on the metabolic power of central defensive units to try to understand if that data correlated with the type of game we had prepared, and it indeed does.
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“After an initial period in which we played 4-3-3, we changed the game system and decided to take a more defensive attitude, playing lower, and we saw that in these games our central defenders expressed a very low metabolic power compared to these. in which we had a more aggressive attitude.
All of this shows that it’s not just Ancelotti who has been driving a change from the start at Everton.
The reason he brought these staff members with him to Goodison Park was so that they could bring their European standard training, conditioning and analysis methods to the club by his side.
The Blues are, of course, hoping to be in European competition next season – and these are the kind of building blocks that are imperative to put in place.
Ancelotti has the experience of winning multiple titles in many countries on the continent, but his team have the right experience besides that.
Those actions that go under the radar may well prove to be the most crucial for Everton as they look to take their next steps in potential European football.
The basics are potentially already in place.