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'I watched some games': Rafa Benitez immediately knew how to fix Everton

Rafa Benitez says he quickly knew how to fix Everton. The Spaniard made sure to study Carlo Ancelotti’s team.

Rafa Benitez has Everton playing some very good football. The Toffees took a chance on the Spaniard, making a controversial appointment in hope he could turn things around.

Their expensively-assembled squad wasn’t clicking as hoped under Carlo Ancelotti, after all – and then the Italian jumped ship. Few could have imagined it would take Benitez such a short span of time to fix Everton, though.

But that does appear to be the case. They’re thriving at the moment, creating chances, winning games, and with several fantastic individuals.

Benitez makes his method for fixing Everton sound quite simple, though. He knew exactly what needed to happen.

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“I watched some games from the past year and spoke with a lot of people here,” said Benitez, per “The team was trying to play from the back but without being direct, or more offensive in some parts of the game.

“When you have a striker like Dominic [Calvert-Lewin], he needs more crosses. We will try to do that.

“He’s not with us at the moment but Richarlison and Salomon Rondon can benefit from the pace and ability of our wingers.

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“Football has to be a mix between keeping the ball and quickly going forward. We are trying to have options depending on the game.”

You’d have to say that those wingers are the biggest difference between Benitez’s Everton and Ancelotti’s. Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray arrived in the summer to little fanfare but they’ve been electric to start the season.

They’re scoring goals and making Everton dangerous on their own. We’re incredibly impressed with Gray’s all-around game, for instance.

Having such hard-working, consistent threats out wide will only benefit the other forwards and add that faster football that Benitez wants. And this is just the start, too. Give it a few more months to gel and Everton could have something quite special here.

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