Carlo Ancelotti credited for Everton’s rapid transformation by Southampton boss

Ralph Hasenuttl has hailed Everton ’s remarkably rapid transformation under Carlo Ancelotti.

The Toffees have gone from Premier League strugglers to table-toppers in barely three months

And ahead of today’s home clash against the Merseyside pacesetters, Southampton boss Hasenhuttl reckons that is all down to Italian super-coach Ancelotti.

The Austrian said: “It’s not a coincidence that Carlo can change a team in such a short period.

“They spent some money to do this and then he knows exactly what he has to do with his squad.

“Everton are more organised at the moment.

"They have a clear game plan and they are more motivated than at the end of last season when they had no chance to climb into the European places.”

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While Everton are unbeaten, having taken 13 points from a possible 15, Saints are hitting decent form, too, with seven points from their last three games.

And Hasenhuttl insists Ancelotti’s high-fliers are the best test for his team's progress.

He added: ”It’s definitely a different Everton now and that makes it an interesting challenge for us.

“We want to know where we are – and if you want to be a lion you must fight with the lions.”

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