Carlo Ancelotti can’t fathom criticism aimed at one Everton star

Pete Lynch November 3, 2020
Carlo Ancelotti can’t fathom criticism aimed at one Everton star
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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti says he can’t understand the criticism that has been aimed at James Rodriguez, as reported by France Football.

Despite a fantastic start to life on Merseyside, Rodriguez has come under fire in some circles for his lack of sprints this season.

The Colombian boasts three goals and four assists in seven appearances since joining the Toffees in the summer.

However, he still has still come under fire for his supposed low work rate during games and languid playing style.

And it’s a situation Everton boss Ancelotti simply can’t comprehend.

“When I signed James this summer, everyone was worried about his physical state and to see how he’d cope with the intensity of the Premier League,” said the Italian.

“During the first four games, do you know how many times he sprinted? Seven! He’s got more assists and goals than he did sprints.

“So what are we talking about?”

Reunited once again

The Colombian has linked up with Ancelotti for the third time in his career. They worked together at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

And the pair are already starting to enjoy success with the Toffees. Everton occupy a place in the top four after a strong start to the league campaign.

Rodriguez’s set-piece deliveries have been key. The midfielder has scored three and set up another three of the club’s 15 league goals.

Preparing for Manchester United 

The Colombian missed Everton’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday with a knock. However, he could return in time for the crucial encounter with Manchester United on Saturday.

Goodison Park plays host to the highly anticipated fixture, with the clubs drawing 1-1 in both meetings last season.

United, meanwhile, will be looking to move away from their embarrassing league position – just above the relegation zone.

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