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Management Carlo Ancelotti

Magnifico

TEF Member
He could wear full red Santa suit on the 4th February and I would say nothing. We’ve got a manager who’s done it everywhere and is genuinely regarded as the best manager still working. Thank you Moshiri, Usmanov and Brands. Taken us to the next level.
 

Mike

Formerly Just Mike & Micky
He's lost so much weight and I'm glad he's combined that with buying a dashing new coat.

He needs to make a decision on whether to keep playing out from the back with some of these players. A lesser manager would probably be getting pelters for it now as it's causing problems.

Personally I'd persist with it and weed out the players who can't do it but our fans aren't known for giving things like this time to evolve.
 

graeme

TEF Member
He's just great isn't he i heard at the weekends he's a swimming instructor in the pool, and he fought in Vietnam and he's a former Mister Universe, and he tought Elvis Presley how to play karate.
 

bluerinse

Moderator
He's a superb man manager. I don't know what he's done or what he's said to the squad, but it's night and day from the end of last season when every game was a drag to how we've started this and I'm actually excited to watch us.

Most of the players look reinvigorated, hungry and playing with a real sense of confidence. Of course, there are exceptions and nobody will play well every game, but in the main, I'm pleased with what we're seeing and a lot of it is down to the manager, it has to be.

The first half yesterday, the way we zipped it about and they couldn't get near us, we actually looked like the Premier League side against a League 1 side, for once. Players coming into the side who haven't played as much as they'd like were giving their all, playing with confidence and looking the business. No 'well I'm not in the fitrst team so fuck you then' attitudes, with the possible exception for Moise Kean who had a face like a smacked arse.

The important thing for the here and now is he is given the squad he needs before the window shuts. I fully take the point the squad is too large, but it's not an even spread at all and at the back we are really lacking in depth, regardless of the swollen midfield numbers. We can't be playing Lucas Digne centre half because 2 players are injured, when 1 of them is a kid anyway. He needs 2 defenders in and pronto.

Edit - To expand on that last bit on the transfers. For me, 2 defenders are the minimum. Ideally one that is a rock solid centre half and one that can fill in where needed. I know there's a lot who want that cherry on the top pacey winger, but in my view, we need to get the basics sorted first and that is to get those defensive stocks up.
 

Mr Kirk

Branflakes cunt
He's just great isn't he i heard at the weekends he's a swimming instructor in the pool, and he fought in Vietnam and he's a former Mister Universe, and he tought Elvis Presley how to play karate.
Doesn’t score goals or assist though, get rid.
 

Mike

Formerly Just Mike & Micky
He's a superb man manager. I don't know what he's done or what he's said to the squad, but it's night and day from the end of last season when every game was a drag to how we've started this and I'm actually excited to watch us.

Most of the players look reinvigorated, hungry and playing with a real sense of confidence. Of course, there are exceptions and nobody will play well every game, but in the main, I'm pleased with what we're seeing and a lot of it is down to the manager, it has to be.

The first half yesterday, the way we zipped it about and they couldn't get near us, we actually looked like the Premier League side against a League 1 side, for once. Players coming into the side who haven't played as much as they'd like were giving their all, playing with confidence and looking the business. No 'well I'm not in the fitrst team so fuck you then' attitudes, with the possible exception for Moise Kean who had a face like a smacked arse.

The important thing for the here and now is he is given the squad he needs before the window shuts. I fully take the point the squad is too large, but it's not an even spread at all and at the back we are really lacking in depth, regardless of the swollen midfield numbers. We can't be playing Lucas Digne centre half because 2 players are injured, when 1 of them is a kid anyway. He needs 2 defenders in and pronto.

The new signings have probably given our better players a massive boost.
 

bluerinse

Moderator
The new signings have probably given our better players a massive boost.

Definitely. Even if they're just setting the standard on the trainng ground or forcing players to try harder to get in the first team.

It will be upto Carlo to keep the dressing room harmonious while the squad is large. It's all very well at the minute when we've got cup games, so everybody is basically getting a game a week. There will probably come a time when we just have the league and barring injuries, there will be some disappointed players.

In that regard it's important that the squad is thinned out a bit because whinging can be contagious. Couple of bad results, couple of players moping around cos they're not getting picked. Players in the fold start feeling sorry for players they're friendly with who aren't getting picked, thinking the manager is treating them harshly.. it can all soon change.
 

BraintreeBlue

TEF Member
interested to see how he culls the squad in the next couple of weeks. Id imagine the likes of Besic will go post october 5th in the EFL window as cant see a premier league team wanting them.

The cup has been good for us so far as its allowed more players to be involved and get game time. You can see in the next round even more first teamers coming in which will stop those chances and like said above create potential disharmony.
 

Mug

TEF Member
Ancelotti has dealt with large squads and some of the biggest egos in football he‘ll have no trouble handling our bloated lobsided squad no problem.
 

Mike

Formerly Just Mike & Micky
Ancelotti has dealt with large squads and some of the biggest egos in football he‘ll have no trouble handling our bloated lobsided squad no problem.

Almost certainly but it'd be nice if he could get a few more of their own targets in. His retort last night very much sounded like there's no chance of more people coming in until a handful have gone. Sky Sports have just done a little piece on how Man United can't shift people.

Slightly frustrating.
 

Mug

TEF Member
Almost certainly but it'd be nice if he could get a few more of their own targets in. His retort last night very much sounded like there's no chance of more people coming in until a handful have gone. Sky Sports have just done a little piece on how Man United can't shift people.

Slightly frustrating.

Yeah he’s bound to want more of his own players here, it’s only natural for any manager to want to surround themselves with people they’ve picked to do a job as quickly as possible. I expect we’ll maybe get a couple more for him on loan as and when we find takers for our own misfits.
 
I loved the way he shut the bloke from sky up when he was quizzing him on Tomori. Utter class
 

liquidfootball2

TEF Member
BlueToff posted most of the detail on GOT for those who haven't watched it..

ANCELOTTI quotes

INJURIES?

Fortunately no, we have all the squad fit apart from Holgate, Branflakes and Gbamin. The rest are all good and available.

FEEL GOOD FACTOR?

We started the season well, with more motivation and ambition, we’ve done well. We have a good test tomorrow. Our target is to think about the game at Crystal Palace. They have started really well, they played a fantastic game against Manchester United. We have confidence for this game, the momentum is good and we want to keep the momentum.

DELPH, FIRST GAME SINCE FEB ON WEDNESDAY?

He was out for a long time. He recovered well, he played 60 minutes really well. I want to give him more training sessions for him to be ready to play in the league. He will not travel with the team because I prefer to keep him ready to play against West Ham.

PICKFORD MISTAKES DAMAGE HIS CONFIDENCE?

I don’t think so. I think he started the season well, there is a lot of focus on him. He played a fantastic match against Tottenham. When he makes mistakes, I am the first to say it to him, because he understands, but I am not focused on him like you. For me he is a great goalkeeper. He could do better against Fleetwood but the defenders could also have done better. That’s it, he has my total confidence.

NEW GK POSSIBLE THIS WINDOW?

No, we are not looking for this.

NEW CENTRE-BACK TOO?

We are looking for a centre-back. We have only two available at the moment. If there is an opportunity then we are ready to catch it.

TOMORI - ANY CHANCE?

Tomori is a Chelsea player, ask the manager of Chelsea, not me. I can talk about Yerry Mina and Micheal Keane. If Frank Lampard spoke about Yerry Mina or Michael Keane, I wouldn’t be happy.

PALACE - HAS ROY TURNED THINGS AROUND?

He is a fantastic manager, knows the league really well, knows the characteristics of his players. He’s built a strong team, really organised.

NO FANS IN OCTOBER - HOW CAN PREM CLUBS HELP EFL CLUBS?

I’m not the right person to answer. It’s a difficult moment. We have to help each other to move on, in football and normal life. Everyone is going to hope that the stadiums will be full as soon as possible, but we have to follow the protocol. Helping each other could be a good sign.

CALVERT-LEWIN - WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO IMPROVE HIM?

The most important part is the player is really motivated to improve, he is young but knows he has quality. We are tying to help him. Most of the job, he has already done, he is a really good player. The fact that he’s young means that he has the possibility to improve, but he has the quality. Where he can improve is to have consistency. The quality is there. You see Calvert-Lewin, you see the qualities of a fantastic striker, and he can be a top striker with consistency. For a striker, consistency means scoring goals. He is okay [hamstring issue], no problem, he is going to play.

NIELS NKOUNKOU - HOW FAR AWAY FROM BEING A REGULAR IN PREM SQUADS?

He did really well, he has surprised most of the people because they did not know him. The next step is to test him in Premier League games. Next Wednesday we play a Premier League team [West Ham in the EFL Cup] and it could be a good test for him.

PALACE - SURPRISED BY THEIR START?

A tough game, how they defend and how they are dangerous in the counter-attack. We have to prepare well and have a good strategy. They defended really well against United and they were so quick in the counter-attack. The fact that Zaha played up front helped them to be more dangerous.

CALVERT-LEWIN HELPED BY JAMES BEHIND HIM. SET TARGETS FOR GOALS?

I think James will help him because he will help the striker, he is fantastic with assists. The target for Dominic, is to reach 20 goals I think because he is a fantastic striker, like Richarlison. Behind them we have Andre Gomes, we have James, [Gylfi] Sigurdsson, Bernard. Our strikers have to be happy, because behind them there are fantastic creators. They have to be comfortable. I think if they don’t score 20 goals each, they can have a problem with me [laughs]. I said to them, you have to score at least 20 each, and Moise Kean also has the possibility – he’s played two games and scored two goals. If I’m a striker and I have James, Gomes, Sigurdsson, I’d score goals! So they have to!

With James, during my time with Madrid [2014-15 season], Cristiano Ronaldo scored 56 goals. I’m not going to ask Dominic to score 56 goals. But he has to try to do his best!

MOTIVATION WITH NO FANS?

It’s a different game, with a different emotion. But the players are used to playing without fans now. Everyone hopes the stadiums will be full as soon as possible.

NEED TO CUT DOWN THE SQUAD?

I think we have to wait until the end of the market. It is a little bit frustrating for the players to train with us and then not be part of the tactical sessions. They are all involved in the training but with tactics you need only 20 players. It is difficult and sad for a manager to say to them they have to stay out of this. It could be good [to cut down squad], but we have to wait and see.

JAMES – PROVED THAT A ‘CLASSIC NO.10’ STILL EXISTS

At this moment he is not playing at number 10 but of course he has the qualities. Now, there is not the specific positions like there was in the past, when there was a 10, a holding player, a winger. Now players have to be able to play different positions. At this moment, James is playing on the right side but not as a winger because he comes inside, which is what I want, for him to use his ability in the middle of the pitch.
 

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