Marco Silva's Philosophy Implementing At Everton

With the arrival of Portuguese manager Marco Silva, Everton have looked promising, sharper and organised. He has made significant changes to last year’s team by recognising Everton’s weakness and working around their strengths. And we will demonstrate this with the help of Globall Coach software.

Silva Summary

Marco Silva, born in Lisbon, had been involved in club football for 15 years playing as a right back. Unfortunately, he only featured in two top flight league games in his whole career before hanging his boots up aged 34 and instantly becoming involved in coaching, taking over Portuguese side Estoril.

He helped them reach the top division in his first season and he led the club to a fifth place finish in their return to top flight football, achieving Europa League qualification in the process.

Two years later, Silva left for rivals Sporting, leading them to third place in the Championship and also winning the Taca de Portugal by beating S.C. Braga 3–1 on penalties. This was the club’s first piece of silverware since 2008 but four days after winning the trophy, he was dismissed for not wearing their official suit in a cup match against FC Vizela.

With three short spells at Olympiacos, Hull City and Watford, Silva now finds himself at the realms of Everton FC. Whilst at Hull and Watford, he improved both teams’ attacking style of play significantly, despite only having a 36% win ratio at Hull and a 30% win ratio at Watford.

The Silva Effect At Everton

When Silva first arrived at Goodison Park, he said that he wanted to play a 4-3-3, but has not yet used this formation, instead opting for a 4-2-3-1.

When the ball is central, Silva likes his teams to press the passing lanes and mark the pass not the man, as demonstrated in the Globall Coach animation below.

But when the ball is out wide, he likes to use the aggressive pressing tactic, as we can show in the Globall Coach animation below.

A key element in Everton’s success is goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s distribution and sweeping as the last line of defence. This will allow Everton to play many types of football such as a quick counter attack, more measured build up play from the back as well as more direct football from back to front quickly.

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Paul Harper