Everton's players are now being brutally honest with each other as part of a "demanding" new culture created by Carlo Ancelotti.
Mason Holgate has lifted the lid on the environment generated since the Italian's appointment in December says how it has "led us on as a team".
The Blues have taken 25 points from Ancelotti's 14 league games in charge and Holgate believes the 61-year-old has set new standards at Finch Farm.
"All managers are demanding – no manager is going to sit back and let things happen, especially someone who has won what he has won," Holgate said.
"There are different ways to show that you are demanding and I think he shows that in a nice way.
"It has led us on as a team to demand more of ourselves.
"If someone is not pulling their weight, somebody tells them whereas before over the last few years as a squad we have not had that. It’s starting to be a lot more apparent and I only think we are going to get better because of it."
Ancelotti won three of his opening four league games at the helm and though Everton's form had dipped just before the suspension, the Blues have resumed the season by taking seven points from a possible nine.
Holgate recognises that most new managers enjoy a 'reaction' but believes the stature and aura around Ancelotti means that such a 'bounce' is always going to be more sustained.
"Naturally, when you get a new manager – no mater who it is – there’s always a reaction," he said.
"But somebody as high profile as him, that reaction is going to go on longer.
"There were so many games when he first came in, he didn’t have a lot of time to get his points across.
"As that period slowed down and we had more time on the training ground, he managed to get more of his points across little and often. Somebody of his stature, the boys, including me, take that in. It’s tried and tested.
"That’s showing now and has been ever since he came in. I think we are getting better as a team."
Holgate added: "He has only been here a short period of time – he only arrived in December.
"There were games, games, games and then the break. We are only going to get better and better the more he gets his points across. I want to keep learning and getting better under him.
"At the moment it feels like it’s paying off because, defensively, when we are playing I feel a lot more sound. That’s starting to show in our performances and results."