Carlo Ancelotti urges Everton stars to be ‘brave’ if they want to take a European spot this season ahead of the ‘must win’ match against Crystal Palace
- Carlo Ancelotti believes Everton has done well to still compete in the European race
- The Everton boss admits that his squad must be consistent to finish in the top six
- The Toffees have only taken 17 points from a possible 42 at home this season
- Ancelotti says Everton needs to strike a better balance between defense and attack
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has called on his players to be bolder if they want to compete in Europe next season for what he called a ‘must-win’ game at home against Crystal Palace.
Dogged by inconsistency, the Toffees haven’t won more than four games in a row since Boxing Day and that has hindered a season that at one point seemed to be up for a Champions League qualifying challenge.
The current seven-game run of three wins and four defeats – two of which were against struggling Fulham and Burnley – highlight the problem Ancelotti has to tackle in the last 10 games of the season.
Carlo Ancelotti has called on his Everton players to be bolder in their pursuit of a top six finish
The Toffees have fought for consistency, winning only three of their last nine matches
But he has urged his squad not to go into their shells during the attack.
“ I think we’ve done well so far because if you asked us where we would like to be in the last 10 games of the season, we could answer that we want to stay and fight for European positions, ” he said .
‘There are difficult, important games, but the goal is there. If we are consistent, if we are brave, I think we can achieve the goal.
‘It will be an exciting race because many teams are involved. We are convinced that we can do it well, we can achieve a European position.
Everton struggled at home with just 17 points out of a possible 42 at Goodison Park
‘Of course we have to fight in every game, we have 10 games and we have to improve the homerun, which was not good, starting with Crystal Palace.
“As usual, we need to be focused, focused and courageous because I think we need to win.”
Everton has only scored 17 points out of a possible 42 at Goodison Park so far this season.
They have won only three of the last nine in all competitions and are currently on a run of four losses in five home games.
Ancelotti says his side must strike a better balance between defense and attack to be consistent
That’s something that needs to be dealt with immediately if they are to stay in chase.
“I think the reason was that in the games where we tried to bring more quality to the fore, we lost the balance,” Ancelotti said.
“We have worked on this and will continue to work on this to bring quality to our game because we have players who can play with better quality and try to maintain the balance that we were used to playing defensive matches.”