Ancelotti's Everton picked up a vital point at Villa Park as they aim to mount a challenge to breach the European football positions ahead of next season. Late chances from Dominic Calvert-Lewin nearly earned Everton all three points late on, however, the goalkeeping heroics of Emi Martinez kept the sides level.
A good performance on the road
Despite leaving Birmingham with a single point, Ancelotti expressed his pleasure with his side's performance against Villa. Ancelotti expressed the importance of the point as the season comes to a close:
"It was a good performance, with a much better second half. We applied much more offensive pressure. We could have won the game, we have three games to play, three victories could put us into Europe so we must continue.
4 points from two away games is good with the fight we're going to have at the end of the season".
An all-round performance from Everton forwards
Despite failing to score tonight, Ancelotti was impressed with Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison's performance tonight:
"We could have been more efficient in finishing chances, our strikers work hard, they press aggressively and do plenty of work defensively".
"Fantastic" Ben Godfrey
Ben Godfrey has impressed for Everton throughout the course of the season since signing from Norwich, Ancelotti was full of praise for the young defender:
"Godfreys season has been very good, he's a great signing from the summer. He’s changed positions too and has played well. It’s not my decision if he goes to the Euros, but Ben Godfrey is a fantastic defender.
England have fantastic defenders, Mings and Konsa are great. Neither team scored today due to two very good defences".
Everton host Sheffield United on Sunday as their push for European football continues, relegation is already confirmed for the Blades, but thet will pose a difficult test as the Toffees close out the season.