The Blues suffered their first defeat of 2020/21, but still remained at the top of the league when the hosts secured a 2-0 win in St. Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.
Carlo Ancelotti revealed that Everton will be reviewing James Rodriguez in the days following Everton’s defeat to Southampton.
James Rodriguez appeared to be struggling in Everton’s first defeat of the season, but Carlo Ancelotti does not fear a major problem as he reminds fans where the blues are at the table
However, his manager does not believe that the problem is big.
Towards the end of the game, when the guests had made all three substitutions, Rodriguez seemed to struggle in the final minutes of the game.
Goals from James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams were enough to seal the points for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, while Everton played far below the level achieved so far in this term.
“In the end he was tired, he felt his muscles a little bit. But I don’t think that’s a big problem.
said Ancelotti at his press conference after the game: “I think we need to get in touch in the next few days.
Everton lost on Sunday for the first time this season, ending a series of eight games unbeaten in all competitions to give 2020/21 a flying start.
“It is true that the game was difficult for everyone.
Ancelotti was disappointed with the defeat, but believes that his team should not be too discouraged after this tremendous start to the campaign.
“It was not a good day, it was not a good performance,” he added.
“We are here to talk about the first defeat and I think we need to look forward. Of course we don’t like losing games, but in football it happens.
“It can happen.
“We arrived after a fantastic start and that’s why we have to go from this game forward with the same faith we had when we arrived here.
“I am disappointed because we lost the game, but I can’t forget what we have done so far.
“We’ve honestly done very well and we have to continue to do well in order to continue to do well. That’s the point, we don’t have to be too disappointed.
Sign up HERE for the daily Everton newsletter from Liverpool ECHO.