Premier League: Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti says failure to qualify for Europe won't change club's plans

Everton face ninth-placed Spurs, who were beaten by Sheffield United on Thursday, and the Italian manager expects a thrilling clash where a win would allow them to leapfrog the London club.

Reuters July 04, 2020 15:09:06 IST
Premier League: Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti says failure to qualify for Europe won't change club's plans

Everton are targeting European qualification this season but failure to secure a continental berth will not change the Premier League club’s long-term plans, manager Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.

Everton are unbeaten since the season restarted after the COVID-19 hiatus and sit 11th in the standings with 44 points — three points behind seventh-placed Sheffield United who occupy the final Europa League spot with six games to go.

Everton’s last campaign in Europe was in the 2017-18 season when they were knocked out in the group stage of the Europa League.

“It’s really important to play in Europe,” Ancelotti told reporters in a virtual news conference ahead of Monday’s game at Tottenham Hotspur.

“It will be difficult but we have to fight, but (also) playing in Europe next season won’t change our plans for the future. It will (make it) more complicated for next season, European football takes more energy.”

Everton face ninth-placed Spurs, who were beaten by Sheffield United on Thursday, and the Italian manager expects a thrilling clash where a win would allow them to leapfrog the London club.

“They are a really dangerous team with fantastic players,” Ancelotti said. “It will be an exciting game, we need to do the best.”

Ancelotti also said that Brazilian striker Richarlison is expected to be fit after picking up a knock in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Leicester City.

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