Carlo Ancelotti cites concern as Everton boss hails Marcelo Bielsa in assessing Leeds United test

EVERTON boss Carlo Ancelotti expects an open game against Marcelo Bielsa's "dynamic" Leeds United side and admits he is naturally concerned by his own team's defensive record.
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Only the Premier Division's top three Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and top scorers Chelsea have outscored sixth-placed Everton ahead of Saturday's hosting of the Whites but only West Brom, Fulham and Leeds have conceded more goals.

United, though, unlike the Baggies and Cottagers, have already established a mid-table position in 14th and Ancelotti expects an "intense" contest against a side he says are typical of their South American head coach.

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"Leeds is a team that is a dynamic team," said Ancelotti at his pre-match press conference.

BALANCE: Required by Everton says boss Carlo Ancelotti, above. Photo by Daniel Leal Olivas - Pool/Getty Images.BALANCE: Required by Everton says boss Carlo Ancelotti, above. Photo by Daniel Leal Olivas - Pool/Getty Images.
BALANCE: Required by Everton says boss Carlo Ancelotti, above. Photo by Daniel Leal Olivas - Pool/Getty Images.

"It is going to be an open match I think with a lot of intensity.

"The Bielsa teams are teams like Leeds, teams that keep a high intensity in the game but with the ball and without the ball and we are going to expect this kind of game."

Asked about his side's defensive record, Ancelotti admitted: "Of course, we have to be concerned and we have to be worried because we have conceded too many goals.

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"It's too much from my point of view and we are working on this.

"It's true that we scored a lot of goals in these first games, we were really efficient in front also because our strikers did really well in this period.

"But we conceded too much and we have to avoid this.

"We need to have, in one word, more balance."

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