Publish Date: Friday 10 July 2020 3:48
Everton coach Carlo Ancelotti asked his players to show more character and courage to improve their bad record away from home.
The Toffees suffered 10 losses and won just four times – all against teams below them in the table – in 17 games this season.
For Ancelotti to find some comfort, three of those victories have come since he took charge in late December, but he knows they need to be more consistent away from home.
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“I think what we need to improve is the personality, the courage we are used to having at home,” said the Italian before the trip to Wolves.
“We have more difficulties to show, more personality, more character.
“It takes a little time to arrive, but for this type of game we need to have that.”
What has been positive for Ancelotti is the form of Richarlison, who is now his striker who joined the club two years ago as a winger.
The Brazilian international scored his 14th goal of the season in all competitions for Everton Thursday’s draw, 1-1 with Southampton, equaling his previous best of last season.
Ancelotti believes there is more to come, 23 years old.
“He is still young, but he has a lot of quality, a lot of character. He is very cold in front of the goal, ”he added.
“We are very happy to have this type of striker. He’s really calm when he gets an opportunity.
“I think it will get better. With experience, with more knowledge, he can improve his qualities.
“He is a complete striker – comfortable in the area, outside the area, on the counterattack.
“He can play on the left, on the right or in the center. He’s a really good player for us.
“He’s still young, but I think 20 goals a season is the least I would expect.”
While Richarlison has scored six goals in the last 13 games, striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s purple patch has dried up and, after scoring eight in Ancelotti’s first 11 games in charge, he spent six games without a goal.
“I think the first thing he needs to fix is not to score goals,” said Ancelotti, Everton boss.
“Entering the field and wanting to score goals – this can be an obsession. He has to be quiet, calm and the goals will arrive. “