Momo Sissoko has told Italian outlet Europa Calcio that he believes Carlo Ancelotti can push Everton alongside the Premier League’s top teams – after working under the Italian manager during a stint with Paris Saint-Germain.
Sissoko, 35, who retired in 2019 after a short spell with French side Sochaux, is renowned for his time at Liverpool among other clubs – winning the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup during his time at Anfield between 2005 and 2008.
Everton, meanwhile, have dramatically improved under the guidance of former Juventus, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid boss Ancelotti. From a possible 36 points, Ancelotti has secured 18 points – helping Everton climb to 12th.
Former Liverpool star Sissoko reckons under Ancelotti, his old club’s arch rivals can climb into the top six and rival the best of the Premier League. He also claimed that Ancelotti left Napoli too early, after he was sacked in December.
“Carlo has done well in whatever team he has been to, he has always left something special. For me Ancelotti is a very good coach. I did not understand why he left Napoli so early, but in the end football is like this,” Sissoko said.
“Ancelotti has returned to England where everyone knows him. I think he’s doing a wonderful job with Everton; I’m sure next year he will build a very strong team to compete with the big names in the Premier League.”
TBR’s view – Could Ancelotti take Everton into the top six?
Yes. He has the backing, the know how and the basis of a squad that boasts experience, youthful exuberance and international-level quality in abundance. Everything is set for Everton to go one step further.
However, the one thing lacking, at the moment, is the club’s work in the transfer market. Last summer, they spent more than £100million on the likes of Alex Iwobi, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Fabian Delph and Moise Kean – none of which have improved.
Three quality signings this summer and Everton could finally reach where they need to be.