Everton manager, Carlo Ancelotti has described winning September’s Premier League Manager of the Month award as a great achievement he must share with his players.
The Italian tactitician won the award for Everton’s flawless start to the 2020/21 season. The Tofees are the only English team yet to lose a game in across all competitions this season.
It was double joy for the club as its in-form striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin was named Player of the Month as well.
Carlo Ancelotti piloting flawless Everton
The Liverpool based club won all three of their top-flight matches during September.
Everton began the campaign with an impressive 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur. They later delivered a dynamic attacking display to see off West Bromwich Albion 5-2 at Goodison Park despite going behind.
In the final game of the month, the Toffees triumph 2-1 at previously-unbeaten Crystal Palace.
The winning run continued in October with a 4-2 success against Brighton & Hove Albion.
They are also in the last eight of the Carabao Cup quarter-finals following comprehensive wins over Salford City, Fleetwood Town, and West Ham United.
This is Everton’s best start to a campaign since 1894 – winning their opening seven games in all competitions.
“I am really pleased to win this award. I think it is a great achievement for this month. I have to share it with my team because they started the season really well.
“We hope to continue and to win this award again.
“I think the key point was the first game against Tottenham. Tottenham is a really good team, but we did well and won away. That victory increased our confidence and belief for this season. It was a really good start,” he added.
This is the fifth Manager of the Month Award to be won by the tactician in England having won four during his two-year stint at Chelsea.
Ancelotti lauds new signing
Ancelotti further commended the impact made by the Club’s summer signings. Niels Nkounkou, Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure. They have all made hugely impressive starts to their Everton careers.
Everton made further additions to their squad on transfer deadline day earlier this week, signing center-back Ben Godfrey from Norwich City and goalkeeper Robin Olsen on loan from Roma.
“We worked well in the transfer market, we signed very good players.
“They were also desperate to come here and they had the ambition to come here.
“The players adapted really fast with their new teammates and that has helped us to start well,” Ancelotti said.
Everton is currently topping the Premier League table with the maximum 12 points from their four top-flight matches.
So far, the Blues have scored 12 goals and conceded just five in those four games.
The international break will soon be over. The Toffees will then return to action on Saturday 17 October to host Merseyside rivals Liverpool visit Goodison (12.30 pm).
Ancelotti says his team will approach the derby showdown with a positive mindset.
“We are confident. It doesn’t matter what happened last week [Liverpool’s 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa], they are still a fantastic team with a fantastic manager.
“It will be a difficult game but we have confidence.
“The ambition is to stay at the top as long as possible. Our target is to be competitive and, at the end of the season, to be in the European places.”