Ancelotti confidently declares Everton star is ‘back’ after strong display

Date published: Saturday 5th December 2020 3:27 - Jonny Whitfield

Carlo Ancelotti

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti declared that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was “back” after his strong display against Burnley.

England’s No 1 made a number of key saves in the second half of Saturday’s clash to keep the score at 1-1.

Chris Wood and Ben Mee had efforts on goal but they could not get past the former Sunderland stopper. Indeed, those chances came after Dominic Calvert-Lewin continued his fantastic form with another Premier League goal.

Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Ancelotti heaped praise on Pickford, who has faced criticism for some time. The Three Lions star has been criticised for his erratic nature.

“He did really well, Jordan. Jordan is back,” the Italian boss declared.

“He had a lot of quality and for him its important for him to stay in good condition and stay motivated.”

Meanwhile, Richarlison’s goal came after Burnley restricted him to only two chances – which not many teams have done.

The 22-year-old had his first effort saved by Pickford’s England rival Nick Pope but finished his second.

Ancelotti said: “It was a difficult game for him but at the right time he was ready.

“The performance was difficult for him but he was good and Richarlison did a good performance.”

Ancelotti hails formation switch

Everton earned their point after switching from their initial formation. Wing-back Fabian Delph, who was making only his second league start this term, lasted only 27 minutes.

As such, Andre Gomes came into midfield and Everton switched to a back four, which solidified their defence.

“We have to accept the performance and the result. We suffered mentally but we were in the game and until the end we played a good game,” Ancelotti said.

“We had to adapt, Ben Godfrey went at left back and did really well.”

Everton return to action next Saturday when they play Chelsea at Goodison Park.

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