Carlo Ancelotti has revealed a concern about his Everton side, via BBC Sport, after he got his tenure at Goodison Park off to the ideal start with a win and a clean sheet against Burnley on Boxing Day.
The Toffees saw off Sean Dyche’s visitors thanks to a late goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, moving up to 13th in the Premier League standings as a result.
The experienced Italian will now look to keep up his 100% record going when he takes his side to Tyneside to face Newcastle United on Saturday, but the 60-year-old showed his concerns about the quick turnaround in a post-match interview, as per BBC Sport.
He said: “We are used to recovering after three days, but after two days is too much in my opinion. We have to play but it is impossible to recover so it affects the performance, not just for us, but also for Newcastle.”
As Ancelotti acknowledges, the potential tiredness factor will affect both teams, with the Magpies being beaten 4-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford in the evening kick-off on Thursday.
It perhaps says something about the condition of the players under previous Marco Silva that the former Napoli boss has spoken so worryingly and used words such as “impossible” to describe the issue though, perhaps suggesting they may not be in as good a physical shape as they potentially could be.
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The words of course also offer plenty of encouragement to Steve Bruce, who may be able to exploit some of the weaknesses of the visitors if he knows they aren’t in the best physical condition.
It will certainly be interesting to see how the Italian approaches the clash at St James’ Park, and whether he may choose to rotate his team given his comments.
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