MX23RW : Saturday, June 6 03:27:03| >> :120:40569:40569:
Feb 8, 2020 at 12.30pm UK at Goodison Park
Attendance: 38,987
Everton
3-1
Crystal Palace
Bernard (18'), Richarlison (58'), Calvert-Lewin (88')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Benteke (51')

Ancelotti praises Richarlison after "outstanding goal"

Ancelotti praises Richarlison after
© Reuters
The Brazilian took his Premier League tally to nine this season.

Everton forward Richarlison is being allowed to focus on the final third rather than get weighed down by defensive responsibility.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti revealed they have devised a gameplan which now has the Brazil international mainly playing as an out-and-out centre-forward in a 4-4-2 alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin and they both scored in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Richarlison occasionally reverts to the left-sided role which he occupied under former manager Marco Silva but, wherever he plays, Ancelotti does not want him to be concerned too about tracking back.

"Richarlison can also play on the left but we don't have to give him a lot of defensive work," said the Italian after the Brazilian scored a brilliant and decisive individual goal to take his Premier League tally to nine this season.

"He has to be fresh when we have the ball, he can play right and left, but without thinking too much about defensive work.

"We have to thank Richarlison because he scored a fantastic goal on the counter-attack. That was the key point and, after, our control of the game was good.

"It was an outstanding counter-attack, he is a fantastic player, really young and really important for us. It was an outstanding goal."

There was no doubting the quality of the goal the Brazilian scored with the game level at 1-1 after Jordan Pickford's error allowed Christian Benteke's first goal since April to cancel out Bernard's first-half volley.

Receiving a flick-on from his strike partner he ran at the rapidly retreating Gary Cahill and, with a number of Palace players racing to cover but not getting near him, he fired a precise shot across Vincente Guaita.

It was a crucial goal as Everton had been under danger of cracking in the 10 minutes after conceding the equaliser.

The roles were then reversed with two minutes to go when Richarlison's header rebounded back off the crossbar for Calvert-Lewin to poke home his 11th league goal of the campaign.

"Strikers scoring goals is important, they need the support from the other players – in some parts of the game we did well and in others we can do better," added Ancelotti, who admitted he was not happy with the opening hour of the game which saw winger Theo Walcott forced off with a knee injury that will require a scan on Sunday.

Victory made it 17 points from Ancelotti's eight matches in charge and lifted a side in the relegation zone two months ago to within five points of the top four.

Palace, however, are on the slide with no wins and just four points from their last seven matches and their problems up front – they are the top-flight's lowest scorers with 23 goals from 25 matches – are hurting them.

"Our goal difference is still a lot better than many of the teams around us," said manager Roy Hodgson, trying to remain positive.

"You have seen the team play and the amount of opportunities they created. If we can continue to do that, I am sure the goals will come."

ID:389193:

Click here for more stories about Richarlison

Click here for more stories about Everton

Share this article now:
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti on February 8, 2020
Read Next:
Carlo Ancelotti: "I prefer to win than to have a good performance and lose"
>
Latest Sports Video
Did you know...?
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool29271166214582
2Manchester CityMan City28183768313757
3Leicester CityLeicester29165858283053
4Chelsea29146951391248
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd29129844301445
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves29101364134743
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28111073025543
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs29118104740741
9Arsenal2891364036440
10Burnley29116123440-639
11Crystal Palace29109102632-639
12Everton29107123746-937
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2998122541-1635
14Southampton29104153552-1734
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton29611123240-829
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2976163550-1527
17Watford2969142744-1727
18Bournemouth2976162947-1827
19Aston Villa2874173456-2225
20Norwich CityNorwich2956182552-2721

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!