Ancelotti: 'Spectacular Stadium Can Transform Everton'

Everton welcome Crystal Palace to Goodison Park on Monday evening (6pm BST). Read Carlo Ancelotti's programme notes for the fixture below. To order a matchday programme, or purchase copies from previous games this season, click here.

We are in a strong position for the last part of the season and, with the right attitude and concentration, can reach our target of qualifying for Europe.

The past two weeks were really important, we didn’t lose many players to their countries and could work together on aspects we have to improve.

There was a chance for rest for some players who needed it and others could recover their conditions after injuries.

We prepared really well for this match, planning to face a tough opponent and also thinking how to change the story at Goodison Park.

When you are back in the stadium, I am certain the pattern will be different and our home form can be a big strength, like is usually the case for Everton.

This season, though, to achieve our goal, we have to win here with no supporters.

There are five more matches at Goodison and if we continue the same way as the past three months there is no chance to finish high in the table.

It was frustrating to miss some opportunities to take points at home.

But what I like is how the players were hurt by these results.

I can see their desire to find a solution and make sure we have a reward for all the good work we did.



There was no regret about the performance in our match before the international break, when we lost to Manchester City in the FA Cup.

For more than 80 minutes, our plan worked. There were few opportunities for Manchester City, we fought and had focus and spirit and showed, again, we can compete with the best teams.

The only disappointment was losing our chance for a cup this season.

We believed we could win the game. My players improved in a lot of ways in the past year and in a one-off match I am sure there is the possibility to beat any opponent.

In both cups we went to the quarter-finals. This performance is okay, it shows how we want to challenge in every competition.

But the job is to go to the end, and that is the ambition in the next stage of our development.

I said from the beginning, the idea for Everton is to be in the top positions in the league and win trophies.

If I talk about the biggest objective this season, though, it is to reach Europe.

This is an important step towards bringing our club to the highest level.

I was really pleased to have Jean-Philippe Gbamin coming back to train with us.

The feeling is always good for all the players when one of your teammates can join the sessions after a long time.

I understand how difficult the process was for JP, so far, physically and in the head, because I had the same thing in my playing career.


When we talk about difficulties in football it is always being aware of more serious things in the world.

All of us in the game are really lucky this is our job.

But when you are a footballer and you cannot play for a long time it is a hard period in your life.

JP, I am sure, can return a stronger character and better player – but we will not hurry him.

The most important thing is he has the best chance to play for many years with no more serious problems.

We welcome Roy Hodgson and the staff and players of Crystal Palace.

Roy is a fantastic guy, a football man with huge knowledge. The energy and passion he has for his work is clear.

The match we played earlier this season was competitive and it will be the same [on Monday].

Crystal Palace are organised in defence, with a solid structure, and really dangerous on the transitions.

They had some excellent results away from home and if our focus drops, they will take advantage, no doubt.

We learned last week about the Government approval for our new stadium.

This can be a project that transforms Everton.

The plans are spectacular and will create a special home for us, raising the profile and status of the Club.

I said already, I want to be the manager who takes Everton to Bramley-Moore Dock.

It would be a privilege – and mean we did well in the final years at Goodison because this is the only way Everton will ask me to stay.

The plan to keep contact with our community around Goodison makes me proud, this is a good example of why I say I found a family at Everton.

Finally, some restrictions on our lives were relaxed last week.

Please enjoy the extra freedom but take care and stay within the guidelines and we can have you with us again soon.