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Everton fans react to Bernard’s display vs Burnley, many praise his performance

Carlo Ancelotti’s reign as Everton manager got off to the perfect start with a win and a clean sheet at home to Burnley on Boxing Day, and many Toffees fans commented on Bernard’s display against the Clarets.

The experienced Italian coach looked to have selected the Brazilian on the left wing in a 4-4-2 formation pre-match with Alex Iwobi ruled out through injury, although it quickly became apparent he was playing behind the front two instead.

Indeed, he did a fair bit of roaming across the attacking lines, finding pockets of space – perhaps an early signal of what he is going to be tasked with doing when starting under the 60-year-old.

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According to WhoScored, the 27-year-old made three key passes and completed three successful dribbles before he was replaced by Moise Kean in the 76th minute with the score still tied at 0-0.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk man showed his defensive contribution too by making one tackle and one interception against Sean Dyche’s men.

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It’s fair to say that many were impressed with what they saw from the South American, with one labelling him as a “magician”, and another comparing him to former Toffee Steven Pienaar.

One individual chose to comment on how good Bernard looked when he was playing in central areas rather than out wide, saying he looked “absolutely lethal” there.

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Indeed, of those matches where his position has been recorded by Transfermarkt this term, all of the others were from the left wing.

Not everyone agreed that the 27-year-old was good against Burnley though, with one describing him as “poor” – albeit after he picked up a knock.

Another suggested earlier in the game that this wasn’t a clash for Bernard to shine in, although he may well have proved that supporter wrong with how he played before he was taken off by Ancelotti.

In other Everton news, Toffees fans were split on one of Bernard’s much-criticised teammates vs Burnley, with one saying “Ancelotti has made him play well again”.

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