Last night we got a glimpse of what it would be like if Mourinho loosens his belt tightening tactics. Great exhibit for cup football. On the balance of play Spurs probably deserved to go through. Refreshing to see a change in formation from Tottenham. Lamela, Lucas and Bergwijn look a formidable attacking trio.Crosses that troubled Everton against Man United and it took 3 minutes for Sanchez to capitalize on one to head Spurs into the lead.Everton lined up more or less with same team that drew dramatically at Old Trafford. It was their hero in Manchester who equalized on 36 minutes with a shot that proved too hot to handle by Lloris.

Richarlison(38″,68″),Sigurdsson(43″ pen), Lamela(45″),Sanchez(57″) and Sub Kane(83″) made sure we had an extra 30 minutes of football to enjoy. Bernard timed his run to PERFECTION to send Everton into the last 8 of the FA cup 7 minutes into extra time. I want to analyze the key stats that made the Toffees win a match that otherwise they looked destined to lose. Check the stats below. The figures to the left are the home side’s Everton.The key to the win was the long ball. Ancellotti has adopted a sit back and hit approach made famous by the Italian teams of years gone by(Milan, Juventus). When you get the ball find the big man or the free runner with accurate crosses as what happened with the Bernard winner.

Total shots 17 29

Blocked shots 3 11

Corners 2 15

Throw ins 19 20

Passes 544 696

Passes completed 426 597

Pass success percentage 78 86

Crosses 24 49

Long Balls 61 46

Touches 806 966

Tackles 18 16

Aerials Won 25 25

Clearances 40 26

Interceptions Made 11 11

Fouls 18 13

Yellow cards 4 3

Second yellow cards 0 0

Red card 0 0

Possession was 43% to 57% for good measure

Published by BOLDEAGLE

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