Danny Mills has claimed that Everton just needed a bit of confidence and belief as they made it two clean sheets out of two since the Premier League restarted.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, hailed Carlo Ancelotti for creating a “happy camp” and suggested there were “issues” at Goodison Park under Marco Silva.
A 1-0 victory against Norwich on Wednesday made it back-to-back clean sheets for the Toffees for the first time since December.
Ancelotti named an unchanged back four of Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Mason Holgate and Lucas Digne.
Coleman and Keane with Man of the Match performances against Liverpool and Norwich respectively.
When asked by Football Insider if Ancelotti was behind the defensive improvement, Mills said: “They have got some great players in there.
“The captain is coming back, Seamus Coleman and they have got a good left-back in Lucas Digne.
“The centre-half have been a bit mix and match all season but it is something they have worked on. Keane has come back in and Ancelotti has given him a bit of confidence and it is just a case of settling these players down and giving them the belief because there are some good players there.
“They may have underperformed at times but they had issues when Marco Silva was the manager.
“Now they have a belief and a way of playing. It is a happy camp and that makes for better performances.”
Ancelotti told BBC Sport after the win: “What we needed from this game was three points, the three points arrived and now we can dream to climb up the table.”
The Toffees continue their quest for a European qualification spot against Leicester City on Wednesday.
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