Carlo Ancelotti explains why Everton were second best to Newcastle United
Carlo Ancelotti went into Saturday’s game knowing that three points would take Everton into fifth place in the Premier League.
Only one defeat in their last eight Premier League games, in the last eleven matches (all competitions), Everton had won seven and drawn two, with only two defeats.
In sharp contrast, Newcastle United had lost nine and drawn two of their last eleven matches.
What could possibly go wrong for Carlo Ancelotti and his players…?
Surveying the wreckage of the 2-0 defeat, the Everton boss wanted to keep things in perspective: ‘We have had a good run and I hope it will only be one game like this. I don’t want to forget what we did so far this season.’
As for why / how Newcastle had managed to upset the odds, Carlo Ancelotti admitted: ‘I think Newcastle won the game because they showed more fighting spirit on the pitch. They showed more concentration, more motivation. They were the weapons we had when we won games – spirit, motivation, concentration and ambition. I think we forgot all this today at home.’
Carlo Ancelotti believes it was more ‘mental’ than ‘physical’ why Everton lost this games, Newcastle more ‘focused’ than the home side.
Carlo Ancelotti reflecting on the 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle United:
“I think Newcastle won the game because they showed more fighting spirit on the pitch.
“They showed more concentration, more motivation. They were the weapons we had when we won games – spirit, motivation, concentration and ambition.
“I think we forgot all this today at home. I don’t know why. But that was the reason, it was not a tactical or physical reason, it was a mental reason. The psychological aspect affected our performance.
“I am surprised. We had a good run until now. We are happy for what we have done.
“We cannot forget why we had a good run – because we showed good spirit on the pitch.
“Not because we had better quality. Of course, we have good quality in the squad, but without spirit, there is no quality.
“We were not focused. We gave 12 corners to them. We didn’t win duels, second balls. This is the game – not only showing the quality.
“We have had a good run and I hope it will only be one game like this.
“I don’t want to forget what we did so far this season.
“We are in a good position in the table. I think this is because of our spirit.
“If you are beaten in the spirit, it is difficult to win games.
“I hope on Wednesday against Leeds, we are going to show our spirit and attitude, as we did in the past.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Everton 0 Newcastle 2 – Saturday 30 January 12.30pm
Wilson 73 and 90+3
Possession was Everton 61% Newcastle 39%
Total shots were Everton 11 Newcastle 13
Shots on target were Everton 3 Newcastle 3
Corners were Everton 7 Newcastle 12
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Darlow, Manquillo, Lascelles (Clark 54), Hayden, Schar, Lewis, Hendrick, Shelvey, Almiron, Wilson, Fraser (Saint-Maximin 67)
Dubravka, M Longstaff, Carroll, Joelinton, Gayle, Anderson, Krafth
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