Ancelotti: Everton need ‘two or three’ players to compete for Champions League places

Ancelotti eyeing Champions League football

Since Carlo Ancelotti took the reins at Everton, there is no doubt that they have improved as a club.

The Toffees, at one point in the season, looked as though they could bet set for a relegation scrap.

But since the coveted Italian took over at Goodison Park, Everton have been in fine form, and are now in with an outside shot of earning European football this season.

In fact, Everton started Saturday just three points off 7th spot, which could become a Europa League place if someone like Manchester City or Leicester win this season’s FA Cup.

However, it seems that Ancelotti has bigger ambitions than just the Europa League.

In a recent interview, the decorated boss stated that he thinks the Champions League is a realistic target for the Merseyside outfit next campaign.

Ancelotti then went on to state that he thinks Everton would need just two or three of the right players to compete for the Champions League places:

“I think the Champions League is a realistic target for Everton next season…yes it’s realistic.

“We have to improve the squad in the summer, but I do think with that it is realistic. What I am seeing now is the target is realistic.

“Seriously, I am not going to say we have to fight for the Champions League if I don’t feel that we have a possibility to do that, but I think we have the squad we have now, improving it in the summer, we can fight for the top places.

“How many players will it take? I don’t think it is a lot, you have no possibility to change a lot of players. I think it is possible with two or three of the right players we can compete.” As quoted by the Mirror.


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Chelsea vs Everton

But whilst Ancelotti may have CL desires for next season, his side really need something out of their upcoming tie to stay in the race for a top-six/seven finish.

Everton’s next outing sees them travel to 4th placed Chelsea on Sunday.

You can check out 101’s betting tips for the clash here.

Everton started the weekend sat 11th in the English top-flight, but with the likes of Arsenal, Burnley, Wolves and Sheffield United currently above them, they probably need all three points vs the Blues.

That may not be such a hard feat to achieve, though, as Chelsea have been in pretty poor league form of late, and have a number of key men missing this weekend, including Tammy Abraham, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.

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