“It’s time to win”: Carlo Ancelotti promises to end Everton’s miserable record against the top six, while the Italian confirms that they are thinking of Europe next season
- Ancelotti was informed of Everton’s poor record against the top six
- The Italian joked that he would cry because he heard that they had not won in 37 games
- He also confirmed that the Blues are still aiming for a place in Europe next season
- The Blues travel to Arsenal on Sunday and may have Andre Gomes at their disposal
Carlo Ancelotti will demand a change in mentality from the players of Everton to put an end to their problems at the top six locations.
Everton has been playing 37 games for Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal’s opponents since December 2013, but they didn’t win once, their record was 12 draws and 25 defeats.
Ancelotti received a piece of paper about the order of his press briefing and was surprised by the results as he studied them; he explained the situation and said, “I could cry!”, but then he made a serious observation.
Ancelotti joked that he would cry when he heard of Everton’s record in the top six
The Blues have failed in their last 37 away games against the best clubs in the country
There has been a dramatic change in Everton’s fortunes since Ancelotti arrived and is now being spoken of as potential European contenders, but with trips to Stamford Bridge and Tottenham after the Sunday date in the Emirates, the Italian wants to see an immediate improvement.
“Not one win? Wow! I’m gonna cry! It’s time to win, “Ancelotti said. ‘We want to think about Europe next season. It is clear that these next four games (Arsenal, Chelsea, United, Liverpool) are of vital importance to us. They are very important.
“The more points we can get, the more chance to qualify for the Europa League. The players know that these games are more important than others – in these four games you can test how good we are. I think we are good, but after that it’s the results that judge you. ”
Andre Gomes, who suffered a dislocation of his ankle on November 3, is fit to play after a week of intensive training, but he will talk to Ancelotti about whether it is wise to start.
There has been a dramatic change in Everton’s fortunes since Ancelotti arrived at the club
The Italian said they would consider playing in Europe next season if they come in fifth place
Ancelotti will call him the Portugal international in his starting line-up if he gives the right signals; the 60-year-old drew on an experience from his own career and he had to remind a lot of his team, because of their youth, that he had played top football.
“I asked the players if they had seen more in the past and nobody said they had!” said Ancelotti. But I was injured for two years. When I started thinking about coming back to play, I was happy to start the game (instead of coming up as a sub) because I was well prepared for the game.
“In my personal opinion, it was not that easy for me to take to the field. But this is a decision for Andre. If Andre wants to start, he is ready to start. But together we will make a decision … ok he can go on the couch and start the next game. “
Andre Gomes could be in the team after a fracture dislocation of his ankle