Carlo Ancelotti’s serene character is supporting Everton’s players through coronavirus lockdown, according to the Everton centre-back, Yerry Mina.
The group have been keeping regular contact with Ancelotti and also his son, assistant manager Davide, while they’ve been kept apart during the catastrophe.
Together with the Premier League’s’Project Restart’ place to face scrutiny in the forthcoming days, the Toffees could shortly be back in their Finch Farm training foundation, with Mina eager to continue his education under the knowledgeable Italian.
“He is a coach from whom I have learned an awful lot in the short time he has been with us, and that I expect to continue to do that,” Mina told Everton TV. “He’s always full of charisma and giving off a vibe that is positive, which helps you to carry out well.
“The last time I talked with him it was just the same as ever.
“I have been talking a lot with Davide [Ancelotti], ” the manager’s assistant, during this situation, but a while ago at the onset of the pandemic I talked with the gaffer and it was an excellent conversation. As we all know the manager is just top quality.
“It’s the calmness he’s in situations where we might be under intense stress. He ensures that everyone around him remains calm, also. He keeps his mind and thinks in these minutes. He’s the boss.”
Mina has been around ever-present for Everton this season, missing only four of the 29 Premier League games thus far.
Ancelotti may not have faced a challenge like the Covid-19 outbreak in his lifetime, but the wealth of expertise he brought to Goodison Park was key in turning around their season. The 60-year-old has handled in all the ‘big five’ European leagues, winning the league title in a number of them as well as three Champions Leagues.
Following the brief interim period of Duncan Ferguson, Ancelotti was appointed Everton director in December 2019, substituting Marco Silva after his early-season struggles.
A tricky set of matches featuring fittings against Arsenal, Manchester United, and Chelsea saw the Toffees drop back down to 12th with just one win from their last three league games before the Premier League has been suspended.