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Bielsa did not actually look that delighted when he arrived to talk at the end of it all. ‘You can never be happy in defeat,’ he said, when somebody pointed this out. But he knew what this performance meant. 

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‘We are looking to beat the rival in our style,’ he said in the post-match press conference room. ‘Confidence means that you should not be afraid.’ And with his only word of English of the night – ‘thankyou’ – he was gone. This was a serious statement of intent.

Everton begin the season on Sunday at the stadium where Ancelotti truly realised how much work he needed to do to reshape the club’s fortunes, as a lifeless 1-0 defeat by Tottenham in July left the Italian questioning his squad’s mentality.

Doughty, just to be clear, is not an archetypal footballer. He is the eldest son of former Nottingham Forest owner, Visit Web Page multi-millionaire venture capitalist Nigel Doughty and, when not creating chances and scoring goals from midfield at Swindon, he runs a business producing ‘the world’s most sustainable trainers’, made from natural materials and fully recyclable.

Arteta said: ‘He is in my plans – a player I like a lot. He knows that he has Eddie (Nketiah) next to him and he’s going to push him. Whoever is in better shape is going to play and that’s the same for everyone.

Players celebrated with boozy Zoom party before getting together when the lockdown eased for a formal if socially distanced trophy presentation. Back in League One, Richie Wellens’ side start at home against Rochdale and hope to use the momentum to help drive through and back to the Championship in the style of Luton and Coventry.

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‘I have such fond memories and definitely during last season, a successful season with Swindon, a club where I’d had a kind of on-off love affair, in the moment of celebration I did think, ‘yeah, he would have liked to have seen that’.

He said:  ‘I said to him (Rob Holding) change your mind because you’re not going anywhere. Again Rob is another one, he’s a difficult time. And now why I have to let him go? He’s playing so why leave this football club.’

Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa have been pushing for the England U21 international with Liverpool still to make a decision. They would want over £20m plus clauses if they sell while any loan move would involve penalty payments if he did not play.

‘It’s part of who I am, I don’t hide that, and it’s probably helped my career. You form good habits and discipline through the relentlessness of how the school operates and that’s something I carried into my football career.

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‘They were a big part of my childhood. I went home and away for many years.

I cried all the way home after watching them lose at Bramall Lane in a play-off semi-final when Des Walker scored an own goal.’

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