By Joe Bernstein for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:31 BST, 20 September 2020 | Updated: 01:07 BST, 21 September 2020
Everton are benefiting from the Galactico effect but their revival under Carlo Ancelotti really began with an old-fashioned rollicking from skipper Seamus Coleman.
The long-serving Coleman was so incensed with a 3-0 defeat at Wolves towards the end of last season that he publicly told his team-mates to look in the mirror and ask if they could do more.
Behind closed doors, the defender was equally demanding. Everton returned to pre-season with 'more ambition and motivation', according to Ancelotti. And the triple swoop of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure has triggered a flying start with maximum points.
Everton's revival started with captain Seamus Coleman demanding more from his team-mates
'We are all aware our standards dropped last season,' said Coleman. 'There are ways of losing games but I thought the fight wasn't there in some games and wanted to make sure the lads understood what it means to play for this club.
'We have a top-class manager who won't accept anything else. Since we came back, the standard and work rate has been fantastic. It's important that, if we do hit a little poor spell, our attitude doesn't change.'
Rodriguez has been the icing on the cake and marked his Goodison debut with his first Everton goal and an assist.
His impact on the team is marked,