Date Posted: Friday, January 10, 2020 3:52
Carlo Ancelotti told his Everton players to regain the confidence of their fans with their performances when facing Brighton on Saturday, and condemned Fabian Delph's fight with Toffees fans on social networks following the defeat to Liverpool.
The defeat of the FA Cup last Sunday for Liverpool's youth team at Anfield led to an angry response from the stands, with a handful of fans appearing at the club's training ground on Monday, seeking to face the players.
Sunday's 1-0 defeat was a second straight loss for Ancelottiundermining the momentum he generated with victories in his first two games in charge, but he is trying to recover that at Goodison Park on Saturday.
"I understand the frustrations of the fans, this is normal when we lose a classic," said Ancelotti.
“I hope the atmosphere at the stadium is good tomorrow. We need the support, we need a great performance tomorrow to react well after the defeat and that's it.
"Against Burnley, the atmosphere was fantastic and I hope we can maintain that atmosphere by playing a good game, showing good spirit, intensity and good football quality."
Everton Football Director Marcel Brands spoke with fans who attended Finch Farm on Monday to hear their concerns, and Ancelotti – who is no stranger to such protests after years in Italy – said he would be happy to do so. the work. same.
"It's normal," he said. “I can talk to them, if you want, I have absolutely no problem.
"Now we need the fans, because we have a great opportunity to improve the table in the next game when we play at home, so I hope that tomorrow goes well."
However, Ancelotti drew the line with midfielder Fabian Delph's response, who engaged in a heated discussion with a fan on social networks.
"I talked to him, we talked, I and the club talked and we said it was a mistake," he said.
"He shouldn't react to that, but after the game everyone gets frustrated, sometimes you react emotionally. Of course that's not good, but I think everyone can understand."
Ancelotti will join Saturday's game without Cenk Tosun's services after allowing the striker to join Crystal Palace on loan, but has indicated that there is nothing imminent in terms of new players coming to the club – discarding reports that he was looking to replace goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
"After January 5, we had a positive meeting and if there is a chance to improve our team, we will do so," he said.
“I have the full support of the owner, the board and the football director. If you want to know the names, I don't want to mention the names, but all newspaper names are wrong.
“There is no (specific) area. But I read that I'm looking for a new goalkeeper. This is not true. I have a great goalkeeper who is the goalkeeper of the selection. We are not looking for goalkeeper. "