Carlo Ancelotti was the secret behind Everton ending their 22-year Anfield hoodoo in Saturday’s Merseyside derby, says ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.
Everton received at Liverpool for the first time since 1999, with their 2-0 success ending a run of 24 video games with out victory in opposition to their oldest rivals.
They led inside three minutes by means of Richarlison and doubled that benefit late on courtesy of a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty. However, the fundamental man to credit score for the Toffees’ success was supervisor Ancelotti, Carragher informed Monday Night Football.
“I never gave a man of the match in the game for whatever reason, maybe it slipped my mind. There was probably three or four Everton players you could have given it to, but I watched the game again yesterday morning when I got up and their man of the match was the manager, Carlo Ancelotti,” mentioned Carragher.
“It’s 22 years since they received at Anfield, 1999. But that is simply the Premier League; notoriously, Everton’s report at Anfield is horrendous. So, to really win at Anfield for Everton is large. They’re celebrating like mad, and rightly so.
“Before Saturday, this was Everton’s league report at Anfield since 1962/3 – 58 video games, six wins in 58. That’s why that was so huge, what occurred on Saturday evening.
“Forget the ’22 years, Everton’s record at Anfield’. Even with the greatest team, you go through the 60s – Everton won a title in the 60s, an FA Cup, got to another final – only won once at Anfield. They won the league in 1970. Again, the 70s, only one win at Anfield. The 80s, Everton’s greatest-ever team – only won twice there.”
Carragher performed in his fair proportion of Merseyside derbies himself as a Liverpool defender, and was left feeling his former membership had loved a psychological edge over their near-neighbors which had inhibited Everton’s hopes of taking the bragging rights in video games between the pair down the years – one thing Ancelotti managed to beat final weekend.
“I’ll tell you the reason, in my experience, the record is so poor, and also at Goodison in the last 20 years as well,” he mentioned. “Everton by no means get the derby proper emotionally. They’re both too up for it, and so they get gamers despatched off, or they’re completely terrified going into video games, definitely at Anfield.
“And the reason I say Ancelotti won Everton that game, is that he took the emotion out of the game, with the team he picked. So when that team came in, Evertonians, getting ready for the game, their heart sank. No Calvert-Lewin, and no Allan. Now, Allan hasn’t played for two months. Calvert-Lewin was coming back from a hamstring injury. So it’s the right decision.
“But emotionally at occasions, Everton see the derby as the greatest recreation you must win. Roberto Martinez informed me a narrative the place he virtually felt pressured to play Gareth Barry in a derby recreation at Anfield and he wasn’t 100-per-cent match.
“He got injured, they lost the game, and he missed an FA Cup semi-final, and he always looks back at that as a huge regret. Ancelotti, again, ended up saying this is three points for our European ambition, forget Liverpool.”
The techniques behind Everton’s historic victory
While a lot of Ancelotti’s work to win the derby was performed forward of kick-off, the recreation couldn’t be received, even with Liverpool’s nightmare run of type, with out Ancelotti’s gamers executing a stable plan to stifle the reigning Premier League champions.
Carragher credited the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan boss with profitable the tactical joust in opposition to Jurgen Klopp – and identified precisely how he arrange his aspect to lastly break their Anfield duck.
He mentioned: “In the first derby, Liverpool scored after two or three minutes with Mane, because they exposed Rodriguez, who at times can leave his right-back really exposed.
“So he did not do this in this recreation, he performed off the entrance – and he is massively concerned in the first objective. He will get in between the traces. When he will get on the ball in these positions, it is, ‘can he ship?’
“And in that position, with that pass on to Richarlison, there’s very few who can deliver that pass better than James Rodriguez. Tactically, they got that right playing him in a 10 position, because he does what he’s in the team for, to deliver that pass – and Everton get off to a great start.
“The subsequent factor is the debate on, had been Everton taking part in with a again 4 or a again 5? Now Carlo mentioned earlier than the recreation he wasn’t altering an excessive amount of, after which I appeared down and thought it is a again 5. And then I noticed Holgate taking throw-ins, and thought perhaps it is a again 4. It was each.
“I think was primarily a back four, but there was a man-marking system on this right side. It was Holgate with Mane, and it was Seamus Coleman with Andy Robertson, and that’s what caused the confusion.
“When you play against Liverpool, they’re a team that press really well. The way you stop that is to just kick along, and it took me back to Jose Mourinho with Chelsea when Liverpool almost won the league under Brendan Rodgers, and we highlighted on this show, Mark Schwarzer kicked everything long – it beats the press.
“Then you go to Calvert-Lewin. And I was speaking in commentary about when he most likely will come on – I assumed the solely means he was going to return on was if Everton had been dropping and he’d be part of Richarlison, however he introduced him on at 1-0.
“And that’s what won them the game, keeping the two attacking players on the pitch. I said at the time I don’t actually think [their second goal] was a penalty but it doesn’t matter, it didn’t affect the result.”