Carlo Ancelotti praised Everton’s flexibility after the Toffees’ win at Wolves continued their Champions League challenge.
Michael Keane’s second-half header secured a 2-1 victory at Molineux to send the visitors fourth in the Premier League.
Alex Iwobi’s first Premier League goal since September 2019 had earlier been cancelled out by Ruben Neves.
It was a fifth win in six top-flight games for Everton. More pleasingly, it came without injured 14-goal top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin, out with a hamstring issue.
That left Ancelotti to hail their response, with two men earning his praise after the win.
He said: “The players adapted really well. The position of James Rodriguez and Gylfi Sigurdsson created problems for them. We adapted well to the characteristics of our players and at the back we were focused. All the back four were fantastic.
“We had a different approach without Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin. We played more to attack the flanks with Iwobi and (Lucas) Digne. It worked well because the first goal was a fantastic combination.
“Without Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin it is more difficult to score. But I think to be focused defensively enabled us to have a good game.”
Moise Kean could make PSG switch permanent
Ancelotti, meanwhile, insists he will not stand in the way of Moise Kean if the forward wants to stay with PSG beyond his loan deal.
Kean penned a season-long contract at the Parc des Princes in October. Having failed to hit the heights at Goodison Park with just two goals last season, he is flying in Paris.
The 20-year-old has found the net nine times in 13 Ligue 1 outings and seems at home among the club’s superstars.
New manager Mauricio Pochettino appears keen to keep the former Juventus hitman. Kean’s progress across the Channel has impressed Ancelotti. Indeed, he says he’ll keep an open mind on the player’s future.
“He is scoring a lot of goals, he shows his quality. He is our player and he will be back in June,” he told Sky Sports News. “All the time we have to take into consideration what the player thinks because the players are human.
“If the player wants to come back we will be happy to have him, if the player wants to stay with Paris Saint-Germain, we have to talk with Paris Saint-Germain.”