Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti believes his team is finding the right balance between attack and defence as they look to return to winning ways in the Premier League against Wolves.

The Italian was speaking ahead of tonight’s clash at Molineux as the Toffees look to bounce back from a 1-0 home defeat against David Moyes’ West Ham on New Year’s Day.

Ancelotti admitted that striking a balance between the different capacities of his team is one of the most difficult aspects of his job in management.

The Toffees made a formidable start to the season and also enjoyed a four-game winning streak in the Premier League last month but have found themselves leaking goals and demonstrating defensive deficiencies in other spells.

Finding consistency is clearly a difficulty for Ancelotti, who spoke frankly over the conundrums facing him, saying [via Liverpool Echo]:

This is the most difficult part of our job, to try to get the balance. We started really well, scoring a lot of goals. Then we conceded goals, came back and defended well in really important games.

This is true. This is the work. We are working on it to find the right balance between attack and defence.

However, Ancelotti offered cause for optimism as he believes his side is edging closer to the balance he wants to see in games. He also highlighted recent injury issues as proving debilitating in terms of goal threat.

Attacking focal points Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have both struggled with minor injuries recently, with the latter confirmed to have injured his hamstring in recent days.

Calvert-Lewin – the club’s top league scorer at present – is enduring a minor goal drought, and Ancelotti added: “We are not so far to get the right balance. It is true we had a lot of problems recently.

“Sometimes you have to remember Richarlison had problems, suspended for three games, then concussion. He was not able to reach his normal level. Calvert-Lewin offensively the same.”

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Some Everton supporters may be unnerved by recent creativity issues, but there is cause to believe in the future of the club.

Recent results have shown Ancelotti’s abilities to adapt and tinker tactically, with December’s winning streak indicating that Ancelotti is indeed closer to striking the balance he wants.