Everton up for the fight - Ancelotti

01 July 2020 01:37:37 GMTPlus10

Carlo Ancelotti insists Everton are ready to fight until the end in their pursuit of European qualification this season.

Everton pulled off a coup when convincing former Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss Ancelotti to take the reins in December.

The Italian signed a four-and-a-half-year contract and boldly claimed he wanted to transform the club into regular challengers for a Champions League berth.

The Toffees haven't finished in the top-four since the days of David Moyes when he led them to fourth place in 2004-05.

With only half a season to try and improve Everton's record on the pitch, few expected that Ancelotti would have the club in the mix this season.

However, with seven games left of the term, the Merseyside outfit, who are unbeaten at home since Ancelotti's arrival, still have every chance of securing a spot in next season's Europa League.

They currently sit 12th, four points shy of seventh-placed Tottenham, and are 101.00 for a top six finish with Ancelotti pledging they will fight till the end.

"It would be a great achievement to reach the Europe League… we are focused there 100 per cent, the players are focused on this," said Ancelotti.

"It could be a big fight until the end of the season.

"We want to stay there to fight for the Europa League until the last minute of the last game.

"The [long-term] goal, as we said from the first day I was here, is to be competitive and fight for the first four places in the Premier League."

Everton are 2.55 to win on Wednesday when they host Leicester, who can be backed at 2.87, while the draw is available at 3.25.

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