Carlo Ancelotti opened his first account as Everton’s head coach with a late 1-0 win against Burnley on Boxing Day.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the late winner for Everton after Burnley solidly held their defense.
But the most entertaining part of the relatively underwhelming match especially in the first half was Ancelotti’s very expressive reactions such as shrugs, eye rolling as he watched his team’s performance, probably thinking how he was going to lead them to Champions League as he targeted.
Everton went home with 3 points after having more possession and shots on target than their opponents without putting Burnley under serious pressure.
“In the end the performance was good,” Ancelotti said after the match.
“Not top, but good. We were a little bit slow from the back in the first half, not so efficient on the counterattack, but we defended well and got another clean sheet. It was a special day for me anyway because the reception was fantastic. The atmosphere in the Premier League has not changed, and you can tell the people that come to this stadium enjoy watching football.”
Burnley’s coach, Sean Dyche, expressed his disappointment in his players conceding a goal to Everton.
“We fell for the sucker punch,” Dyche said. “It was a really tight game but the goal we conceded was disappointing. We made a mistake trying to play football in our own half.”
Next, Everton will face Newcastle on Saturday while Burnley host Manchester United same day.