Many Everton fans have been reacting on social media after Carlo Ancelotti shared his belief in seeing the club qualify for the Europa League this season.
The Toffees are currently sitting ninth in the Premier League table following Saturday’s 3-2 comeback win over Watford, which kept the gap to fifth place at four points after Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers played out a goalless draw.
Tottenham Hotspur are now up to fifth after beating champions Manchester City, but Ancelotti believes our current form places the club in a good position to challenge for the top spots, despite being 16th at the time of his appointment.
“I think we have to try and compete for the top, to reach the Europa League for next season,” said Ancelotti, via quotes by the Daily Mail. “It could be really important.
Can we qualify for Europe this season?
“I don’t know if we are able to, I think if we are able to keep this period, this concentration, I think we can reach the Europa League – we have to fight, of course, but I think we have the possibility to fight.”
Only runaway league-leaders Liverpool (24) have taken more points than Ancelotti (14) since he stepped up to the Goodison Park helm, with the Italian overseeing four wins and two draws in seven games.
In the same period, fifth-placed Spurs have taken 11 points, seventh-placed Manchester United ten and sixth-placed Sheffield United and eighth-placed Wolves have each taken eight.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Ancelotti’s ambitions of seeing our current form lead to a Europa League spot…
I think for our club we would benefit from a good Europa League run. We could recall our players on loan to play
— David K (@DeeKP) February 3, 2020
Ambition and aspirations for the club, exactly what we want! That’s a minimum for us….
— Warren Bradley (@Wazza23666) February 2, 2020
Great ambition. Love to see it. How many points do you believe it will take to qualify? Is 51-55 points enough? That’s where I think we’ll be by season’s end.
— Josh Wilbert (@joshwilbert1) February 2, 2020
Basically what every everton fan is thinking right now, the man just knows his stuff doesn’t he 💙💙
— Harry Wilkinson (@HarryWilko1) February 2, 2020
Love this attitude from OUR manager.
— Frank Keegan (@KeeganBig) February 2, 2020
Our manager 💙
— Michael (@BigKingYerry) February 2, 2020
So glad Moyes “chose” to manage WHU instead of us…
— Wayne Smyth (@WayneSmyth4) February 2, 2020
— Trevor M. (@trevor_p_malco) February 2, 2020
In other Everton news, the club plan to hold talks with a ‘key’ part of Ancelotti’s side over a new contract.