Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has expressed the belief that his team may not have what it takes to finish in the top-four this season after playing out a draw with Leicester City and suffering a home defeat to Newcastle United in their last two Premier League games.
The Toffees have led the table at some point in the ongoing season but are currently eighth on the log with 33 points, and 6 points behind fourth-placed Leicester although they have 2 games in hand including the trip to Elland Road to face Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United on Wednesday.
Regardless, the Italian tactician believes that the results of their last two games, a 1 all draw against Leicester and a 2 nil defeat to Newcastle United may have put a dent in his side’s chances of making it to next season’s UEFA Champions League competition.
“Now it’s beyond Everton, it still remains a dream for us. I think after the game against Leicester gave us an answer, the game against Newcastle gave us another answer. To fight for fourth, we have to improve,” Ancelotti told reporters.
“The position in the table is not bad. We want to be there until the end of the season, to fight for a position in Europe. Without spirit we cannot fight for the position in Europe.”
However, Ancelotti disclosed that he was happy with his squad after the acquisition of Joshua King from Bournemouth on deadline day on a short-term deal.
“I think Josh King is a really good profile for us, we were looking at him in the summer and we had a possibility to have him,” Ancelotti said.
“With his quality he will improve our squad as he can cover all the positions up front and he has experience in the Premier League. I’m happy to have him in the squad.”
“We didn’t sign him to have more goals. We signed him to use his quality – he’s a powerful, fast player,” Ancelotti added, with the Norway international having scored just 3 goals this season and all in the FA Cup.
Well, I think the Italian wants his side to be under less pressure with these latest comments. The Toffees still stand a decent chance of finishing in the top 4.
However, they’ll have to prove this starting from Wednesday’s game against Leeds United.