Premier League Good start for Colombian at Everton
James Rodriguez and Carlo Ancelotti.
Carlo Ancelotti believes James Rodriguez finds it easier to avoid injuries by playing matches regularly. The Colombian was often labelled as injury prone at Real Madrid and, as a result, didn’t get very much game time.
Ancelotti has coached James at Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and now Everton, where the midfielder has enjoyed an impressive start to life in the Premier League.
“James Rodriguez started very well,” Ancelotti told Directv Sports. “He did have problems after the game against Liverpool because he got a knock and the recovery has been difficult. He played a game when he wasn’t training well [against Southampton] and his performance levels dropped because of that reason.
“There are no doubts over the quality of the player. No one has disputed [his quality] at Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. I think he’s found it more difficult at these two clubs because there’s more competition in the team and, sometimes, you might not be playing.
“I think, for him, playing is more important than training. In my opinion, he can be at a good level physically because, on the contrary, it’s not the coach who is going to kill him in training. He gets his fitness by playing and that’s why he didn’t play much at Real Madrid. Changing a winning team is much more difficult.”
After signing James from Real Madrid in the summer, there are rumours that Ancelotti could also be interested in bringing Isco to Goodison Park.
“It’s not true that I’m after Isco,” Ancelotti admitted. “We haven’t started thinking about the team for the January window. So, those rumours are, as they say here, ‘bulls**t’.”