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Name Carlo Ancelotti
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Football Coach
Desc ‘The Diva Whisperer’, football’s great avuncular uncle, Carletto’s legacy (beyond winning a boatload of trophies) is his man-management skills. From Milan to Madrid to Munich, it seems almost no-one has a bad word to say about Ancelotti. He is the manager the very best love to play for. His detractors might say he has been in right place at the right time (with the right squads) but Ancelotti’s great trick is managing the highest of high profile names of the last two decades and nearly always getting the very best out of them. Having the best team on paper, as football history shows, doesn’t always guarantee success. Having Ancelotti as your manager pretty much does

Affiliation

Club as Coach Bayern Munich
  Real Madrid

Relationship

Son Davide Ancelotti
Assistant Paul Clement

Notes

Twitter @MrAncelotti

2009 10 17 Retrieve

[Chelsea defensive lynchpin John Terry can play on into his late thirties, in similar fashion to AC Milan great Paolo Maldini, Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has claimed] He [Terry] can continue until he is 39 or 40 years old. He has no physical problems, and a lot of passion, those are the most important things that allow you to continue. The careers of Maldini and Terry are very similar, not just in terms of their play but in terms of their professionalism. Like Maldini at Milan, Terry was born in this club. Like Maldini, he came through the academy first and he has a very good feeling for this club, which is so important. These days, with the preparation and the physical training we put in, and the work we have done on prevention [of injuries], the age players can play to will go up. When I played, 33 or 34 [was the end]. Now players can play at 36 or 37 without a problem. Maldini used his body very well. He was a very quick player, strong also but very quick. And I don’t see a big difference between him and John Terry

2009 12 15 Retrieve

[Chelsea are having a wobble going into Wednesday’s game but manager Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that his team will stop conceding set-piece goals. He gave his support to under-pressure goalkeeper Petr Cech by saying] I think Petr is at the same level as Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas

2010 11 06 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti on Steven Gerrard] Obviously he’s one of the best players in the world and I’d like to manage him one time in the future. If you can manage the best players, it’s easier to win. I don’t know him as a person. I think he’s a good man. But the reason I would like to manage him is because I’ve managed a lot of fantastic players, and he’s one of the best players. In Italy, when I played, there were players like [Giancarlo] Antognoni at Fiorentina, Rainer Bonhof in Germany. Today, Gerrard. Full stop. He can be a holding midfielder. He has fantastic shots, passes and skills. He is the complete midfielder

2013 09 29 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti on Isco vs Zidane] Comparing Isco to Zidane isn’t ridiculous. He is very close to Zidane in terms of ability, they have a lot of similarities. Zidane is obviously in a better position to judge, and he said Isco isn’t there yet but could come close in the future

2013 10 20 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti on how Real Madrid will neutralise Andrea Pirlo] I’m going to put two mastiffs on him

2013 10 26 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti on spaniard] I love living in Madrid. People here are like Italians – they are positive. The French are more negative

2014 01 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti on Roberto Baggio] I said, ‘No, you have to play striker.’ Baggio went to another club. That year Baggio scored 25 [actually 22] goals – for Bologna! I lost 25 goals! Big mistake

2014 10 19 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti on Steven Gerrard] He’s one of the players I would have loved to coach, and I thought about him so many times in the past when I was at Milan. But it was impossible because he was very much linked with Liverpool. We had sounded him out but Gerrard’s bond with Liverpool was unbreakable. I don’t remember exactly what year it was but we did try. Of course, I wanted to pair him up with Pirlo, it was a fantastic combination. Putting Gerrard in midfield with Pirlo. It would have been fantastic

2015 02 14 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic’s former coach Carlo Ancelotti tries to redress public perceptions of the Swede] He jokes and he is a very happy man, but he’s just kidding around. But the image that people have of him is all wrong. He loves to joke and that is just the way he is, but inside there is a great professional

2015 03 13 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti on Steven Gerrard] I have an incredible admiration [for Gerrard]. When I was at Milan we tried signing him, but it was not possible

2015 05 05 Retrieve

[Ancelotti spent two-and-a-half years in charge of the Bianconeri between 1999 and 2001 but was sacked after successive final-day failures to win the Serie A title. The nature of his dismissal added to a string of former rivalries the coach had been a part of, and led him to reveal in his autobiography] Juventus is a team that I never loved and will never love. I could only see them as an enemy

2015 12 21 Retrieve

[Speaking about Messi’s return to the team following injury during the 2015/16 season on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] It’s true that Suarez and Neymar are doing very well but clearly Barca with Messi are something else. Messi brings goals, quality … He brings everything! He brings enthusiasm to his team-mates, who know that they have by their side a player capable of unlocking any game at any moment. It’s obviously better to play a Barca without him. Messi’s presence will only relegate Neymar and Suarez to the background in terms of media coverage, because on the field they do certainly not reside in the background. They had an extraordinary finish to last season, finding a special chemistry that allowed Barcelona to win everything. I don’t see them suffering with Messi, neither Neymar nor Suarez

2016 05 21 Retrieve

[Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti on Cristiano Ronaldo] He’d be taking an ice bath in Valdebeb at three o’clock in the morning. Even though he had Irina Shayk waiting for him at home! He does not care about money, he just wants to be the first

2016 06 18 Retrieve

The thing about Ibra is this is a guy who always wants to win. I hear people saying that in some games he looks like he isn’t trying. Trust me, this guy would chase the last pass in the last minute of a training session in July if he thought he could get the goal that won the eight-a-side … I know that he is 34 years old but anyone who has ever worked closely with footballers – and knows a thing or two about their fitness and their stamina – can see that Ibra is not your typical 34-year-old.

2016 07 16 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti feels his style at the Allianz Arena will mirror that of his predecessor Pep Guardiola] I’m not here to make a revolution because the job that Guardiola did here was fantastic and I would like to follow his style. I don’t think our style is going to change a lot compared to last year. The system will be more or less the same

2016 08 05 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti in an interview] We [Paris Saint-Germain] went out of the Coupe de France on penalties against Evian, and we had played really, really badly. I was very angry – so much so that I broke a door. I also kicked a box and it landed on Ibrahimovic’s head. He didn’t react

2016 08 05b Retrieve

[Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti praising UEFA EURO 2016’s Young Player of the Tournament Renato Sanches during a press conference] I think he is a fantastic player; he is really young and we have to take care of this but he has a lot of quality, a lot of potential. He is a good signing for us and I think he will help us to complete a fantastic squad

2016 08 06 Retrieve

[Quotes on Zlatan Ibrahimovic] He jokes and he is a very happy man, but he’s just kidding around. But the image that people have of him is all wrong. He loves to joke and that is just the way he is, but inside there is a great professional

2016 11 12 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich head coach Carlo Ancelotti believes the Juventus and Barcelona stars can replace Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best players on the planet] Paulo Dybala can make history at Juventus over the next ten years. He is unique, you cannot compare him to any other player. Dybala and Neymar can become the heirs of Messi and Ronaldo

2016 12 17 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich head coach and former Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti discusses Real Madrid coach and The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2016 nominee Zinedine Zidane, in an interview with Diario AS] Back then I could already see that he had the makings of a fine coach. All that he was lacking was experience, but that’s something you get by coaching day in, day out, working and talking with the players. Zidane has knowledge, charisma, personality…He has it all. Experience isn’t the most important thing

2017 01 28 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti on learning about bears while living in Canada] They go to sleep in late autumn in a special hibernation den and they don’t wake up until the spring. Their metabolism slows down, their daily patterns change and they just fall asleep! And when they wake again, it’s front page news in the local papers!

2017 03 08 Retrieve

[Quotes on John Terry] John Terry is the captain of all team captains, he was born with the captain’s armband on his arm. Even without the band, it’s as if he wears it anyway, and that’s how it ought to be. He’s different from all the others, Chelsea is his home, it always has been, ever since the youth squad.

One word from him, and the locker room holds its breath. He’s the first one to sit down at meals, the first one to stand up. Being part of this club is his mission, that’s how he was made. He pays close attention to the performances of the youth team, he keeps up, he knows all the scores, he misses nothing [. . .].

He works twice as hard as everyone else, he has the sense of responsibility of someone who runs a company, a people, a philosophy that above all has to win

2017 03 09 Retrieve

[Quotes on Didier Drogba during the 2009-10 season] There are leaders that speak a lot. Before the match, he can do this, but then he leads by example with the way he plays. This happened from the start for me. I did not have to talk to him; straight away he was like that. [. . .] I know some see him as a prima donna, but the difference between a prima donna and a leader is a centimetre. The leader uses his talent for the team, the prima donna for himself, but Drogba has never been a prima donna for me. He reminds me of the great players, the way he has been this season. If he is feeling a good sensation about the game, if he is confident, he is impossible to play against

2017 03 10 Retrieve

[Quotes on Didier Drogba] There are a lot of players with fantastic technique, but they are not leaders. They have not made the most of their careers, because they do not have a strong character, personality or courage. You need all of those as much as technique. Didier has it all. When you find a player who has talent and is unselfish: hai vinto. You’ve won

2017 03 11 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] [A] magnificent example of English leadership – when I see him on the field, it makes me happy

2017 06 09 Retrieve

[Sagnol returns to Bayern as Ancelotti assistant] Having lost two of my assistants with Paul Clement leaving during the winter break and Hermann Gerland leaving at the end of the season, I expressed to the board my wish that a new assistant coach be appointed. I’m very much looking forward to working with him [Sagnol].

2017 09 27 Tweet

[Carlo Ancelotti tweet after parting ways with Bayern Munich] It has been a great honour to form part of Bayern’s history. I would like to thank the Club, the Players and it’s amazing fans

2017 09 28 Retrieve

[Ancelotti sacked by Bayern Munich after defeat to PSG] I know I will get criticism, that’s fine. I thought it was a good line-up for this game

2018 02 03 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti talks about the favourites for this season’s UEFA Champions League] Let’s say that right now, Manchester City are favourites. Compared to the past, it’s going to be even harder for everybody to win the Champions League for one simple reason: everybody is getting better

2018 12 12 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk Defends Tackle on Dries Mertens After Carlo Ancelotti Comments] From the video it is a red card. There are a lot of questions about VAR, but when VAR comes in the Champions League it will be too late

2018 12 29 Retrieve

[The Senegalese was sent off in that game, with Ancelotti blaming the player’s loss of temper on the taunts, and was suspended on Saturday] The show of affection for Koulibaly was exceptional. ‘It’s true that we didn’t play a great match and, above all, we didn’t keep it under control. But we have shown character, otherwise we wouldn’t have won it

Our season is going according to plan and we have had an excellent first half of the championship although it hasn’t looked so good because of Juventus’ extraordinary campaign. But we are closer to first place than to fifth

2019 02 18 Retrieve

[Napoli head coach Carlo Ancelotti has said Arsenal loanee and goalkeeper David Ospina will stay at the Serie A club next season] Ospina was meant to play on Thursday in the Europa League, but wasn’t feeling up to it, so I switched things around and used him [against Torino] instead. Ospina will remain at Napoli next season, regardless of how many games he plays.

[Napoli attempted 26 shots without finding the back of the net as they slipped 13 points behind Serie A leaders and reigning champions Juventus] From what we see on the pitch, from a mental point of view, the team looks very motivated, very focused. We play very well, but we are not able to score the goals that we should score. In a match like this you are supposed to win for the way you performed. But if we didn’t win, we can’t put the blame on anyone else but ourselves, because in two matches [against Fiorentina and Torino] we had 18 chances and we didn’t score a single goal

It is a bit funny the fact that we find ourselves here complaining about a draw when the team performed very well. The team performed well in Florence, they did very well tonight. We should have

2019 09 16 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti on Koulibaly] He belongs to the class of [Paolo] Maldini, [Lilian] Thuram, Thiago Silva

2019 12 09 Retrieve

[Ancelotti says Gattuso replacement talk is ‘completely normal’] The suitcase of a coach is always ready, you can never unpack it. I think that for a coach to be questioned in this kind of situation is completely normal. I’m ready. It’s an experience I’ve already experienced in the past. It doesn’t scare me and it doesn’t worry me that the club could sack me or that I could leave

I can’t pretend - the team doesn’t give what it could give. In Europe, we have seen another Napoli, the one I would like to see in the league as well. I am looking for solutions to get out of this difficult period. The team is worried because of what they cannot do. They gave the best of themselves against Liverpool, when the weight of responsibility was less. I have the feeling that tomorrow [Tuesday] we will have a great game and we will go into the next round and hopefully in first place

2019 12 10 Retrieve

[When Asked about Ibrahimovic on the eve of Napoli’s Champions League clash with Genk] I haven’t spoken to Ibra today but I did yesterday [Sunday] evening. He told me he is in Los Angeles at the moment. He feels really good and weather conditions are just perfect there

2019 12 10b Retrieve

[When asked if he would be in his job for Saturday’s game] I hope so. It’s something I have to evaluate with the president and we will meet tomorrow. I don’t know anything about contact with other coaches, we just focused on the game. [On Wednesday] there will be a meeting agreed by mutual consent to evaluate the situation as it stands right now. I have never resigned in my life and I never will. This team has quality and proved that in the Champions League, whereas we haven’t been able to yet in Serie A

[Ancelotti accepts poor form has made speculation over his future inevitable] It was different in Munich, as there was a clash above all with the club. I thought there was the need for a generational change and clashed with some players. The situation here is that the team has not been able to express its full value, but there were no clashes, aside from isolated incidents that happen everywhere. It’s completely different. It is natural to be put under the spotlight and I must be judged on what I am doing, in which case the results are not satisfying. We want to improve our Serie A status, so I hope this Champions League qualification can take some of the pressure off, as the team is playing with a weight on its shoulders

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Quote on Zlatan] The thing about Ibra is this is a guy who always wants to win. Trust me, this guy would chase the last pass in the last minute if a training session in July if he thought he could get the goal that won the eight-a-side. When he says that he is getting better, he means it. He’s certainly better than any 34-year-old footballer I know

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Everton appoint Ancelotti as new permanent manager until 2024] This is a great club with a rich history and a very passionate fan base. There is a clear vision from the Owner and the Board to deliver success and trophies. That is something that appeals to me as a manager and I am thrilled at the prospect of being able to work with everybody at the Club to help make that vision a reality.

I have seen from the performances in the last two weeks that the players are capable of so much. The work Duncan [Ferguson] has done is a great credit to him. Strong organisation, strong discipline and the right motivation are some of the key ingredients in football and I’m pleased that he will be part of my backroom team moving forward

2019 12 21b Retrieve

[Ancelotti post match after Everton and Arsenal share points in dull] It’s brilliant, fantastic for the club. I can’t wait to get started working for him. I’ll get a few bottles of red wine in him tonight and maybe convince him to make me co-manager or something

2019 12 22 Retrieve

[Ancelotti urges patience from Everton fans as he outlines ‘dream’ for Toffees success] I’m excited to be here at one of the greatest clubs in England. I enjoy the team, the Club. This is a club with a lot of ambition, with great history, I think the squad is good. I am here to improve the team and add better quality to the squad and I’ll try to do my best. To Evertonians I would like to say, stay with the team as you always do because it’s really important for the players to have your support. I would like to work together with the supporters. My dream is to bring success to this club

Our goal is to be competitive in the Premier League, to be towards the top of the table, to be competitive in Europe. It’s not going to happen straight away but we have to work for this. To ambition is for us to try to win and be competitive. The goal is there to reach the Champions League or Europa League. Winning honours has to be the dream for this club and for the supporters. I am here to try to do this. It takes time, it’s not going to happen straight away but, working together, that is our goal

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[Everton boss Ancelotti relishing first Liverpool meeting] The Evertonians know my record against Liverpool, they will be happy with this. [Napoli] beat Liverpool this season, it’s a big rivalry here and a big motivation for us. It feels good. Honestly, I have a really good relationship with Jurgen Klopp. It is always exciting, playing against them. Of course, I have beat them but they are not used to losing. It was a good day for me. I know how much Evertonians want to beat Liverpool. We don’t have to wait a long time, because we have the game on January 5, so we will see them soon. It’s not mission impossible, nothing is impossible in football

[Ancelotti’s appointment represents a coup for Everton] The attraction is the tradition, history of the club. It’s one of the biggest teams in England. I have managed top teams, that’s true. When I was at PSG, the project was really good there and that attracted me, the ambition of the club and I think here is the same. It is not true that I have only managed top teams. I managed Parma in the beginning which was not a top, top team. I like teams that have ambition and a clear idea of how to reach success. Here, I went to the training ground, it is a fantastic training ground. The fact that the club wants to build a new stadium, they have a clear idea how to improve. It takes time, I don’t know how long. For me it could be good to be here when the new stadium is open. This is what attracted me

2019 12 23b Retrieve

[Ancelotti laughed when he was asked about Ibramovic] He is a good friend and if he wants to come to Everton he is welcome, but not to play

2019 12 23c Retrieve

[When asked to address links to Ibrahimovic at his first press conference] He is a good friend of mine. I have trained a lot of fantastic players. I know he finishes his period in the United States, I don’t know what his idea is. I have to call him, maybe I call him. If he wants to come to Liverpool to enjoy he can come - but not to play!

[He claims that Moise Kean will form part of his plans] I tried to sign him before he signed for Everton. He is a fantastic player, we have to remember he is only 19. We have to wait and work with him. He has top quality

[Quizzed on why a role with the Toffees appealed to him] The club wants to be competitive in the Premier League, for me, this is enough. We have to improve the right way, the fact the club wants to build a new stadium, I know that today is a very important day. That means the ambition of the club is very high. We want to try and play attractive football. I see how the supporters drive the team forward, this is good. I will like to try and play attractive football. The long-term objective is to be competitive in the Premier League - there are a lot of fantastic teams here. We want to be ambitious, this is the goal and of course to be competitive - also in Europe could be good. The attraction is the tradition and history of the club. It is true that I manage a top team, when I was at PSG the project was really good there and that attracted me so the ambition of the club. I think that is the same here. It is not true that I only manage top teams - sometimes in Italy I mange Championship teams. I like teams that have ambition and have a clear idea of how to reach success. I went to the training ground yesterday - it is a fantastic training ground and the fact the club want to build a new stadium shows ambition. This is what attracted me

[Ancelotti is taking over at Goodison Park on the back of an interim spell from Duncan Ferguson as first-team coach] Duncan will be on my staff and my assistant. This is important - Duncan knows really well the characteristics of the player, the atmosphere at the training ground. It will be really helpful for me.

2019 12 24 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti says he wants to play attractive, aggressive football at Everton] I want to put attractive football in here, showing a good spirit as the team did in their last four games, and play good football, attractive football, offensive football, aggressive football. Aggressive means to put pressure on the opponent.

I liked the football they played [under Ferguson] and I think Duncan did a good job in the short period that he was here. He did a fantastic job in my opinion. They had good defensive organisation, I liked it. I have to speak to him, of course, but he will work with me and we can talk every single day about this.

[The new boss’ immediate remit is to improve their current league standing but, with final designs now submitted for a new 52,000-seater stadium, he was convinced to join by an enticing long-term vision] Farhad [Moshiri] asked me to come here and use my experience and my knowledge to improve the team, to make them better. I was convinced by the fact that they really have good ambition, they really love this club. I spoke with Farhad and also Bill Kenwright, the chairman who is really passionate. It was really nice and they were really kind with me on Saturday and the day before

So I am really excited to be here because I knew the atmosphere here at Goodison Park was already there and it can be really tough for the opponent manager. But also the passion of the board to try to improve the team, to give happiness to the supporters who really love the colours.

2019 12 24b Retrieve

[When asked about the possibility of Ibrahimovic arriving at Goodison Park, Ancelotti laughed and said] He is a good friend of mine. I have trained a lot of fantastic players. I know he finishes his period in the United States, I don’t know what his idea is. I have to call him, maybe I call him. If he wants to come to Liverpool to enjoy he can come - but not to play!

2019 12 26 Retrieve

[Ancelotti hails ‘perfect day’ as Everton see off Burnley] For me, it was a really special moment [being introduced to the crowd]. After that, I saw a good performance and a good result. Today was a perfect day. I’m happy because we need points to move up the table. It was a difficult game because Burnley played a strong game but we deserved the result

[He was reluctant to take too much credit for the result] We tried to build-up with three defenders to put more players between the lines. Some situations were good for us and others have to improve. This is normal and I didn’t want to change a lot for the players. I have seen some good things. The spirit of the team, the fact Everton is a family and we have fantastic facilities

[Ancelotti knows it will be hard to keep up the level of the team’s performances in a packed December schedule] We are used to recovering after three days, but after two days is too much in my opinion. We have to play but it is impossible to recover so it effects the performance, not just for us, but also for Newcastle

2019 12 26b Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti is an admirer of Everton talent Moise Kean but believes the striker needs time to settle in the Premier League] When I was a player I remember Platini arriving at Juventus from Saint-Etienne (at 27). It took him six months to adjust and that was Platini. I had the same problem with Hirving Lozano when he came to Napoli and he was two or three years older than Kean […] We should always be patient with young players. Kean is a player we tried to sign when I was at Napoli but he chose Everton. He has fantastic quality and I’m sure he’ll be a top talent but he’s 19 and everything is new for him here

2019 12 28 Retrieve

[Ancelotti highlights Ferguson impact as Everton winning run continues] I am happy. The team played well. I am pleased, it was a difficult game. We started really well, Newcastle pushed a lot but we won showing a good performance. The team is improving and that is important

The players are trying to adapt, they want to change a lot. The job Duncan Ferguson did was fantastic. The spirit was strong when we arrived. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is playing really well. The second goal was a big part of Richarlison. It doesn’t matter if you score or not it important to work as a team and they did

We want to play games, good games, try to play well. This is our goal. Of course the table is important but we have to focus on the next game. We need to have confidence because we have won. The last result for the team was good. We have to try our play our best

2019 12 29 Retrieve

[Ancelotti has managed the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robert Lewandowski, Karim Benzema and Didier Drogba during his career – so he knows what it takes to become a top-class centre-forward] [Calvert-Lewin] is a fantastic striker in my opinion – fantastic with the head, clever in the box, and sharp. But he’s young and for this reason he has to improve. He is a humble guy and he doesn’t talk a lot. I think he is going to be at the top in England and in Europe. He has all the qualities to be a top striker

The spirit of the team is really good, they fight for each other, they enjoy to work hard. So this is the key; now we are going to have more time to work and play better football but some parts of the game were really good, in my opinion. I really enjoyed the result and the performance. We had difficulties, also, in the second half of the first half, we suffered a lot and lost control of the game

In the first 25 minutes we did really well, played really good football and [had] good opportunities. Newcastle came into the game and it was difficult to avoid their pressure. Fortunately, we didn’t lose control in the second half, we were in more control of the game. It is true we conceded a goal but it is also true that the reaction was really good

2019 12 31 Retrieve

[Ancelotti hails Man City boss ahead of Everton’s arrival at the Etihad] Pep is a fantastic manager. I have a good relationship with him. Not a lot in games but we see each other sometimes at conferences. We have a lot of respect. At certain points, he is a genius because he is always trying to do something special on the pitch

Manchester City will be a fantastic test for us to see where we are. It is a really strong team but we have confidence. The moment is good for us. We have to be happy to compete with the top team in England and also in Europe

[The Italian tactician has been tipped to add to his ranks when the transfer market reopens] The market is not open yet - it opens tomorrow! There are a lot of rumours. That is normal. Everywhere in the world, it is like this. In Italy, it is the same. After the 5th of January, we are going to have a meeting with the club and we can talk if it is possible to try to improve this squad. In my opinion, it is a good squad. Some players I didn’t know really well but now we are training, I have a better relationship and know them better. Maybe after the 5th of January, we can discuss this

2020 01 03 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti has expressed his belief that Liverpool made the right choice in appointing Jurgen Klopp as their permanent manager over him four-and-a-half years ago] I had a chat, after Real Madrid, with the Liverpool owners. They were looking for a new manager but I think they made the right choice with Jurgen. Jurgen is doing fantastic work in Liverpool. Well done. He has created a fantastic team and fantastic players. They are, in this moment, in really good shape, really good condition. But we must not think a lot about the opponent

I know how Evertonians would like this and we have the same dream, to beat Liverpool at Anfield. It is a dream for us and an opportunity so we will try. Usually there is a big rivalry when you have two teams in the same city, it was the same in Milan and Rome when I was there and I know how the supporters are excited to beat their rival

[The Italian went on to explain how he masterminded Liverpool’s downfall] We played defensively, 4-4-2, deep, deep. But when we had the ball we tried to do something. It is the only possibility to compete in the game is to defend well but when you have the ball you have to try to do something. It is important to avoid the pressure they put in front, to have the opportunity to attack their lines and so the plan was this. I have no secrets to talk about this because Klopp knows better than me how we are going to play and I think it doesn’t change

2020 01 03b Retrieve

[New Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is giving little away when it comes to reported interest in the likes of James Rodriguez, Adrien Rabiot and Steven Nzonzi] I didn’t think about this until now. We are going to think about it in the next few days. Before that I want to check all the players that I have here. That is normal, we don’t have a lot of time because we have a lot of games but I have an idea and every day I can get to know my players better. After that if there is any possibility the club is happy to try if possible to improve the squad

I know that in your job you want me to talk about the transfer market but honestly I would like to talk about the game and the derby – the fantastic challenge that we have, the fantastic opportunity. It would be a risk, they are the best team in this moment, they are world champions. Congratulations to them but for us it is a fantastic challenge. We have to be focused there, we don’t want to waste time talking about the transfer market because in this moment I want to put all my energy into explaining to the players which kind of game we want to play

2020 01 05 Retrieve

[Ancelotti criticises Everton players after Liverpool FA Cup defeat] I am going to speak to each player and tell them that was not good enough. Honestly in the second half we were not good enough. I have not spoken to them yet, but I am going to speak to them and tell them that (it is not good enough) yes, I will tell them about this

In the second half we were not able to raise the right idea on the pitch, as we did in first half where we had opportunities to score. The fact we didn’t score affected us in second half. It was not good enough that we lost our intensity in our play, and we didn’t create enough opportunities up front. It wasn’t psychological. That didn’t affect our idea of a good game. The defeat arrived because we didn’t maintain the high intensity in the second half, we lost confidence, we were not able to keep the same ideas we had in the first half. I said to the players at half time to keep going, but they lost confidence and intensity

[Ancelotti said the six-day gap between now and their next league game against Brighton will belatedly give him some proper time to work with his players on the training ground] Now we have all week to prepare for the next game. Since I came in we played only games no training, so that will be important to improve quality and have more confidence

2020 02 01 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti insists Barcelona-linked Richarlison is key to Everton’s future] I don’t think it will be difficult to resist because it is enough to say no. There is no possibility because Richarlison is an important part of the future of Everton like the other young players we have – [Jordan] Pickford, [Mason] Holgate, [Moise] Kean, [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin.

We have a lot of young players. This is the base from which the club has to build the future, and Richarlison is part of it. Everything can happen in football. If an offer arrives that you cannot refuse, and it is an offer that can improve the squad, then why not? But, now, I can say Richarlison is an important part. I was not here when he renewed [his contract] but the fact that he renewed made me happy because he’s a fantastic player. He can play everywhere. Technically he can improve but his movement is really good, his heading is fantastic, I was surprised, and he has a lot of power in his legs. He is a really complete striker

2020 02 08 Retrieve

[Pickford was not the only one who failed to impress for the hosts. Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti was not happy with his team’s display despite the win, which keeps them in contention for a place in Europe next season] The best thing today is the result as the performance was not good. It was a difficult game with a lot of interruptions, so we were not able to keep the intensity. The target since I arrived was to get into Europe - now we have a possibility to think about the Europa League

2020 02 08b Retrieve

[Ancelotti laughs off Djibril Sidibe sock blunder as Everton beat Crystal Palace] It’s a new experience for me. There’s no player in the squad that can replace the skills and ability of Walcott. Sidibe did well but he has more defensive qualities than Walcott. We hope the injury’s not serious but we have to see tomorrow. The best thing today is the result. The performance was not so good. It was a difficult game. A lot of interruption in the game. We weren’t able to keep our intensity. The best moment for us [was when] Richarlison did a fantastic counter-attack. We won for this reason. It was good to get a win before the break. Now it’s important for us to break and prepare for the next games

[The combination play between Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin has been a theme of Everton’s revival under Ancelotti] It’s working well. These two are fantastic at counter-attacking and we used those situations really well. Our counter-attacking was absolutely outstanding. Europe is the target. Since I’ve arrived, the team has done a fantastic job. I really appreciate what they’ve done, everyone in the club. I think it’s a possibility to think about the Europa League

2020 02 12 Retrieve

[Beyond the formation change, Ancelotti has dismissed the directness instilled under Duncan Ferguson and gone to an assertive passing style of football that looks to dominate possession without it becoming stale] He has changed little things in the way we play. He wants more movement of players to get in between the lines, [and] centre-halves to bring the ball out more; maybe dribble a little bit more before they pass it just to get us up the pitch

2020 02 19 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Andre Gomes is in contention to start for Everton against Arsenal on Sunday] He did well [in the practice match], he played comfortably and without any problems and he is available, in my opinion, to play. Of course, I have to speak to him about how he feels after playing his first game following a long time out. My personal opinion is he is ready to play. When a player has been out for a long period, I think it is better to start the game. He can prepare properly, [rather] than to put him on from the bench. But I have to speak to him and together we can find a solution

[Ancelotti believes Gomes’ return is a timely boost for the club as they look to maintain their recent good form] He can bring his experience, his quality with the ball, his knowledge about tactics. Andre is a top player and we need him. I am sure he can start well. It is the right moment for him to come back. We are trying to have a really important moment, we have some really important games. We are fighting for Europe, this is our goal, to have a player like Andre will make us feel more comfortable

2020 02 20 Retrieve

[Hammers fans wanted Ancelotti in 2011 interview] I would coach West Ham – why not. The atmosphere at West Ham is amazing

2020 02 21 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti says Andre Gomes is available to feature for Everton against Arsenal on Sunday] Andre is available to play. He trained well, properly, with confidence and without problems. My opinion is he is ready to play. Before the game we are going to speak together and decide whether he can start the game or if he goes on the bench. We have very important games. Now we have to focus on Arsenal, then we have Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. After we can see what is going on for Europe

To be England number one is a big responsibility. Jordan Pickford deserves this because, in my opinion, he is the best English goalkeeper. In the game against Crystal Palace he made a mistake but then a fantastic save. You can have a mistake, but you need the personality to move on quickly. Jordan is really important for us, he is a complete goalkeeper

2020 02 22 Retrieve

[Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti on his coaching philosophy] I like to treat not only the players, but all the people who work with me at the Club, as a person. It’s funny, if you ask a player, ‘Who are you?’, they say, ‘I am a football player’. No, you are a man that plays football

2020 03 02 Retrieve

[Ancelotti is likely to appeal after charge FA misconduct] I asked for an explanation [on the VAR call] after the game. There was a misunderstanding and I was sent off. I spoke to the referee after the game, but that will remain private. I didn’t disrespect him. We will see. It was a difficult decision. I hope [I’m not suspended], I didn’t disrespect the referee but if I am banned, I will go in the stand at Stamford Bridge. I have to speak but it is not a big problem if we prepare for the game well

2020 03 14 Retrieve

[Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti says suspending the Premier League in the face of the coronavirus pandemic was the right decision] We’re not really self-isolating at all, but some prevention measures did come in after a player had a fever, but his temperature has dropped now and that’s the most important thing. The Premier League did stop eventually, and it’s about time. It was the right decision faced with the scenario. We couldn’t continue. Health is the most important thing for everyone: teams, fans, media, everyone who works in football. In theory, we should get back to work on March 22, but if the general situation worsens, how can we even think of that? If the coronavirus is still spreading rapidly, football cannot resume. To be perfectly honest, I am not interested. Football counts for zero right now and it almost annoys me to be talking about it, faced with the tragedy that is unfolding in front of our eyes. This is a pandemic, a situation none of us had experienced before now

Italy were forced to understand that it was time to stop being superficial, they had to respect the orders and stay home, to respect themselves and others during this war. I have followed the British Prime Minister’s press conference on television. It seems to me that they have not yet realised the gravity of the situation up here. Life continues to flow with a certain regularity

2020 03 28 Retrieve

[Ancelotti: Klopp told me going ahead with the Liverpool vs Atletico game was a criminal act] We are all living a life that we were not used to and that will change us profoundly. I’m sure we will all have to downsize, starting with football. Today, the priority is health, limiting the contagion. When you start again, when you finish, the dates … believe me, I don’t care. At the moment, that’s the last thing on my mind. I hear talk about cutting salaries, suspension of payments. They seem like inopportune solutions. Soon the economy will change, and that’s at all levels: The TV rights will be less, players and coaches will earn less, tickets will cost less because people will have less money. I repeat, what matters now is to fight the virus effectively. Then, of course, if it will be possible to continue the season […] otherwise, amen

It makes me laugh, the people who are always talking about the time it will take to prepare [to play again]. There are even those who are talking about three weeks of training. It’s a joke, the preparations are a false myth. I remember in 2006, due to the Calciopoli, how Milan fell out of the top four and withdrew from Europe. Then, to help Lazio from being relegated, they took away some of the penalty and we were forced to qualify for the Champions League. I had to call the guys who were on their holidays because four days later we would have to play Red Star [Belgrade]. Cafu returned 24 hours prior and played 90 minutes. If you want, I can remind you how it ended in May. But I think you already know that

2020 03 01 Retrieve

[Ancelotti defends confrontation following late VAR disallowed goal] I asked for an explanation [on the VAR call] after the game. There was a misunderstanding and I was sent off. I spoke to the referee after the game, but that will remain private. I didn’t disrespect him. We will see. It was a difficult decision. It was a situation where Gylfi was offside but in our view he didn’t affect the vision of De Gea. As I say, the vision was clear but it was offside - you have to decide if the vision [of de Gea] is affected or not and everyone knows the decision can be viewed differently

I hope [I’m not suspended], I didn’t disrespect the referee but if I am banned I will go in the stand at Stamford Bridge. I have to speak but it is not a big problem if we prepare for the game well. We played really well, I’m happy for this, we have to continue, no complaints, and we have to look forward. The performance was really good against a really good team and we were competitive all the time

2020 03 14 Retrieve

[Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti also denied earlier that Everton were in quarantine] We’re not really self-isolating at all, but some prevention measures did come in after a player had a fever, but his temperature has dropped now and that’s the most important thing

The Premier League did stop eventually, and it’s about time. It was the right decision faced with the scenario. We couldn’t continue. Health is the most important thing for everyone: teams, fans, media, everyone who works in football

In theory, we should get back to work on March 22, but if the general situation worsens, how can we even think of that? If the coronavirus is still spreading rapidly, football cannot resume

2020 04 12 Retrieve

[Everton boss Ancelotti savours chance to cycle] When I am working I have no time to do this, so I have problems with my knees. I try to use this time to improve the condition of my knees. I like to hear the sound of my bike

It is not a good time in the world, in England and Italy and around Europe, because of this pandemic. But from the other aspect, the fact we have the possibility to walk and bike is important for ourselves - it is a good time for this. I met some supporters out biking, from a safe distance, of course. In Italy you are not allowed to do this. I am in contact with a lot of people in Italy and they are forced to stay at home, so it is not a good time for them.

During the day I love to cook. I spend time cooking because it is one of my passions. My best dish? It is pasta. I can do pasta Bolognese, I can make pasta with mushrooms, I can make pasta carbonara. I am really good, I think! I don’t make my own pasta, that is the next step, my own homemade pasta

2020 04 20 Retrieve

[Speaking in July 2019 when Napoli manager, Ancelotti] I’m very attached to James, I rate him very highly and he can certainly improve our team

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[The Everton manager is known to some for his enthusiastic singing, which has been on show in recent years as Ancelotti serenaded fans to celebrate titles won at Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich. Ancelotti confirmed that was no different after Milan’s 2007 triumph in Athens] I definitely sang somewhere, perhaps in some holiday resort with [former Milan CEO Adriano] Galliani, but I definitely sang. It is something nobody can take from me after winning a title! I didn’t sing at the stadium because I seem to remember there not being a celebration, but I certainly sang

2020 05 03 Retrieve

[Former AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti says supporters of the Rossoneri should not worry about a foreign coach] He’s a foreigner? That is nothing to worry about. Fans should be worried about poor managers. But Milan have chosen many coaches and have chosen many good ones. We met when I was in Germany. I don’t know him, from what I read he was in love with [Arrigo] Sacchi’s Milan, but I don’t know the methodology

The 2007 team was technically inferior than the 2005 team, who remain the best team with the best performance in a final. The 2005 team were better than the one in 2003. In 2007, we had extraordinary motivation. We won it through motivation rather than quality. I watched [the Istanbul Final] back 10 years later. We also played very well in extra time. [Jamie] Carragher told me they couldn’t take it anymore and they wanted to go to penalties

I’m not surprised that he’s still playing, I don’t know how long he will still play. His character, I like it very much. He was always very attentive to the team’s needs, this is always very important for a coach

2020 05 22 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti says You don’t need to give Ronaldo instructions and Real Madrid are the dream for every coach] I think when you are a manager, you have to try and manage Real Madrid one day in your life. I spent two years there and it was an unforgettable experience because I think Real Madrid is the best club in the world for the image that they have outside. Everywhere we went, in every country, there were a lot of people there who wanted to see you, to support the team so it is an unforgettable experience, a top organisation, a fantastic training ground and a fantastic team at the time when I arrived. The team had some problems in the past years when I arrived there. The fact that they were not able to win the Champions League for 12 years was like an obsession for them because Real Madrid was used to winning a lot of Champions Leagues. I had the luck in the first year to win it

You don’t have to build a team around Cristiano Ronaldo and as I said with Zidane, you have to put them in the more comfortable way on the pitch. I don’t think you have to build strict tactics with this player defensively because there are players who are more involved in the attacking phase and there are players who have to be involved more in the defensive phase. Of course, they have to work together because the team is the most important part of the game, but strikers like Ronaldo who are able to score every single game, you don’t have to give too much information defensively. It is the easiest way to be a manager, to manage a fantastic player because they are professional, they are serious, they have personality, they are motivated so it is the easiest way. Sergio Ramos also has a fantastic quality. I think his best quality he has is not tactically, it’s not technically, it’s character and the personality that he has and the ability he has to motivate the people around him, like his team-mates. Ramos during that period was important for this, he was always at the top when the game was important and in the key moment of the games

2020 05 22b Retrieve

[Ancelotti says Lampard managerial success no surprise and Terry will be next] I’m not surprised [to see Lampard as a manager] because as a player, Frank had fantastic tactical qualities. I’m waiting now for Terry as a manager, now he’s an assistant, but I think they both have the qualities to be a good manager. Of course, Frank is doing really well at Chelsea now

The second year was more difficult, but the first year was really fantastic. The club had the goal for the Champions League, but the fact that in the first year we won the Premier League and the FA Cup was really important and really exciting. The second year was more difficult, I think, because we had some problems. We had [Didier] Drogba with malaria and these kinds of problems. We started really well and we finished really well but the middle of the season was not so good. Drogba was fantastic. In the first year, he scored 36 goals but to mention Drogba means to forget [Nicolas] Anelka, for example, [Florent] Malouda, Joe Cole, [Salomon] Kalou, Michael Ballack in the middle, [Michael] Essien, Deco and at the back, Alex, [Branislav] Ivanovic, Ashley Cole so the team really, really was a fantastic team. When I arrived, the team was there, I didn’t build the team, so I was really excited to train these kinds of players with this kind of power. Imagine when you needed to prepare set pieces, you had John Terry, Alex, Drogba, Ballack to jump so it was not so difficult to score on set pieces.

2020 06 21 Retrieve

[Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has justified his decision to start with Anthony Gordon in Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool] Anthony Gordon trained well, showed confidence and this is a good opportunity for him. He deserves to play

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has declared he’s ready to continue coaching for a whlile yet as clubs continue to seek his services] I can’t tell you now if Everton will be the last team [I’ll coach], certainly I would like to carry out a long-term project with this club, not a short or medium-term one. I will carry on coaching as long as I find a club that will give me that possibility. That’s the basis of everything, there are two conditions: that you want to coach and you find someone that lets you coach. Clubs continue to give me that possibility, so as long as there are these two conditions I will carry on coaching

2020 06 27b Retrieve

[Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti says Jurgen Klopp has built a mighty red machine at Liverpool] I have a great relationship with him. We met last week when everything was virtually decided and I congratulated him. Klopp is the architect of this success. Not only for this victory in the Premier League, but for everything he’s managed to achieve since arriving five years ago. With patience, he’s succeeded in building a perfect machine

Will Everton be the last team in my career? I don’t know. But honestly I’d like to make a long-term plan with this club.

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Leighton Baines: Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti hopes left-back will sign new contract] Leighton Baines extended his contract until the end of the season, for one month more. After that I think we have time to make a decision and wait for an answer. I hope [he will sign]. Leighton is an important part of this squad and, above all, of this club. We have a lot of respect for him as a player, as a professional and as a man

[Ancelotti revealed defender Yerry Mina is back in contention to face Leicester after a thigh injury but said Djibril Sidibe, Theo Walcott and Fabian Delph were still out] Only Yerry Mina is back. Sidibe will be back Friday and Theo Walcott will be back in training on Monday. Fabian Delph is still injured and having individual sessions. Now we are starting a period where we are going to have a lot of games and it will be important to have all the squad available

2020 07 02 Retrieve

[Leicester’s hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League were hit by a 2-1 defeat at Everton on Wednesday night, despite a second-half fightback from the Foxes] It was an important result and performance, the second half was so difficult playing against a really strong team with good quality and organisation

We started the game well and were 2-0 up, but after that we thought more about defending than attack, but that’s absolutely normal because the three points were really, really important

The spirit of the team is really good. We are focused at the moment, really motivated, and we have to be going. We have a really exciting game against Tottenham and we have to be ready

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Dominic Calvert-Lewin: Carlo Ancelotti praises hard-working Everton striker] It’s true he didn’t score but I think the most important part is the work he is doing, also defensively. I think the fact we did well defensively counts to the work that all the players were able to do - the striker first, and Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin did a fantastic job. I never had strikers honestly with this kind of energy defensively. I appreciate this a lot. It doesn’t matter if he didn’t score because he will score again without a problem. I never asked my strikers in the past to score goals. Work well, work for the team, be humble - Dominic is doing all these kinds of things and I am really happy with this. Richarlison didn’t train today [Friday], but I think he will be able to train tomorrow and is not going to have any problem to play on Monday. I think he will be fine. He has to train tomorrow and Sunday but I think he is recovering well from the knock

2020 07 05 Retrieve

[Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident Richarlison will be fit for Monday’s game] Richarlison didn’t train today, but I think he will be able to train tomorrow and is not going to have any problem to play on Monday. I think he will be fine. He has to train tomorrow and Sunday but I think he is recovering well from the knock

2020 07 07 Retrieve

[Michael Keane’s own goal gave Tottenham a scrappy 1-0 win over Everton to dent the Toffees’ European hopes] We competed. We could compete better, yes, we could, we lost a lot of second balls but we were in the game until the end. We could do more, but we have to keep fighting. The dream to go to Europe is still there

We were focused defensively, like Tottenham who didn’t have a lot of chances. It was a battle in midfield, and in the second half we created more, had more space in the middle, and had not a lot of chances but we were better in possession

2020 07 08 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti says Everton must win four of last five games to reach Europa League] We still have a chance. We have to win games. It will be really important to win the three home games that we have, and to win (away) at Wolves or Sheffield United. It will be difficult but we still have a chance. Against Tottenham, a strong team, you can lose. Our disappointment was that the performance was not how we expected. Not only on the technical and tactical aspect - we could show more intensity in play but I don’t know if we are able to improve this season, as this season is at the end. But next season, improving our knowledge, spirit and intensity will be important to compete better against the top six teams in the Premier League. It’s true we competed but we could compete differently

[Irrespective of whether they qualify for Europe] We are going to improve the squad, 100 per cent, to improve the quality of this team. We would like to be more competitive at the top of the table. This season we are closer to the bottom. Next season we would like to be closer to the top.

[Everton won 2-1 at St Mary’s in November while still under the stewardship of Ancelotti’s predecessor Marco Silva, a result which piled the pressure on Saints boss Ralph Hassenhuttl] I know the manager, he was in Leipzig when I was in Bayern Munich. Southampton are really organised. They are a team that is used to playing with a lot of intensity, a strong team to play against. Hassenhuttl is doing a fantastic job, with the style he used to have with Leipzig. Southampton, in their shape and organisation, look like Leipzig

2020 07 10 Retrieve

[Danny Ings scored his 19th goal of the season but Southampton could not make their early dominance count in a 1-1 draw with Everton] The performance was not good in the first half, much better the second half and we were more in control. The key point for the first half was we left too much space between lines and they were controlling possession. Second half was much better, we started to win more second balls, more fighting. It was a fantastic goal (from Richarlison), a fantastic finish but we were lucky in the first half, we didn’t deserve to be drawing. It was a difficult game, Southampton played better than us but I think the result was quite fair.

2020 07 10b Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti urges Everton to show character and end their away-day blues] I think what we have to improve is the personality, the courage we are used to having at home. We have more difficulties to show it away, more personality, more character. It takes a little bit of time to come but for this kind of game we need to have this

[What has been a positive for Ancelotti is the form of Richarlison] He is still young, but he has a lot of quality, a lot of character. He is really cold in front of goal. We are really happy to have this type of striker. He is really calm when he gets an opportunity. I think he is going to improve. With experience, with more knowledge he can improve his qualities. He is a complete striker - comfortable in the box, outside the box, on the counter-attack. He can play on the left, on the right, or in the centre. He is a really good player for us. He is young still but I think 20 goals per season is the minimum I would expect.

I think the first thing that he has to fix is don’t think to score goals. To go on the pitch and want to score goals - this can be an obsession. He has to be quiet, calm and the goals will come

2020 07 12 Retrieve

[Seamus Coleman blasts Everton’s desire, commitment and attitude] The attitude of the team wasn’t good. It’s good to hear the captain taking responsibility. It was a really frustrating day and performance. The spirit of the team was unacceptable. There are some excuses but I don’t want to have excuses, the performance was not acceptable. I spoke to the players and we have to prepare and work differently and have a different attitude

I don’t want to talk individually about every single player. I said to them this attitude is not acceptable for me and we have to change immediately. I want to see a different spirit. If I have to be honest, in some games the spirit was really good. Liverpool, Norwich, Leicester. It’s difficult to accept for this reason because this team has a fighting spirit

2020 07 12b Retrieve

[Wolves brushed aside Everton 3-0 at Molineux on Sunday with new boy Daniel Podence shining on his first Premier League start for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side] It was a really frustrating day and performance. The spirit of the team was unacceptable. There are some excuses but I don’t want to have excuses, the performance was not acceptable. I spoke to the players and we have to prepare and work differently and have a different attitude

I don’t want to talk individually about every single player. I said to them this attitude is not acceptable for me and we have to change immediately. I want to see a different spirit

If I have to be honest, in some games the spirit was really good. Liverpool, Norwich, Leicester. It’s difficult to accept for this reason because this team has a fighting spirit

2020 07 16 Retrieve

[Carlo Ancelotti has plans in place for Everton’s transfer window] We have a clear picture of how we want to move on for the transfer window. The fact the transfer window is so long, it can be good for us because it will give us time to do what we need to do. I think the best scenario is that we start the season and we don’t [still] have the transfer window. Usually it is not like this, so it doesn’t matter. We hope to do everything we need to do before the season starts. The players need to be focused in their job and not in the market

[An uncharacteristically lacklustre 3-0 defeat away to Wolves over the weekend saw Ancelotti question the spirit shown by the team] I was surprised [with the manner of the Wolves defeat] because some games, even when we don’t play well, we never lose the fighting spirit. I spoke with the players and they all understood. The captain [Seamus Coleman] is involved with this. We have a fantastic captain and a fantastic spirit. The players understood what was wrong and I am sure I will see a different reaction [against Villa]. We aim to finish the season well and try to win the home games, to show the spirit, quality and to give a good image of ourselves.

2020 07 16b Retrieve

[Ancelotti was asked about the continued reports of a move for Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg] I don’t want to talk about this because I think it is unfair to talk about a player at a different club in this moment

2020 07 16c Retrieve

[Theo Walcott punished Anwar El Ghazi’s glaring miss by scoring a late equaliser for Everton against Aston Villa in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park which leaves the visitors deep in relegation trouble] We showed a good spirit to avoid the defeat. I think it was important as we didn’t want to lose - we want to keep our home record. We would’ve been able to win this game if we played better in the final third. We didn’t have good quality in this area, unfortunately. I want to see good spirit in the final two games. We have to try to play better and shower better quality. We have to try to avoid conceding easy balls in order to finish the season well