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Sport Ancelotti tells Everton to be 'brave' if they want a top four finish

15:50  04 april  2021
15:50  04 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has called for his players to be braver if they want to compete in Europe next season ahead of what he called a 'must-win' match at home to Crystal Palace.

The Toffees have been dogged by inconsistency and have not won more than four matches in a row since Boxing Day and that has hampered a season which at one point looked like being one for a Champions League qualification challenge.

The current seven-match run of three wins and four defeats - two of which were against struggling Fulham and Burnley - highlight the problem Ancelotti has to address in the final 10 games of the season.

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Carlo Ancelotti standing in front of a crowd: Carlo Ancelotti has called on his Everton players to be braver in their pursuit of a top six finish © Provided by Daily Mail Carlo Ancelotti has called on his Everton players to be braver in their pursuit of a top six finish a group of football players on a field © Provided by Daily Mail

But he has urged his squad not to go into their shells during the run-in.

'I think we did well until now because if you asked us where would we 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 target is there. If we are consistent, if we are brave I think we can reach the target.

'It will be an exciting race as a lot of teams are involved. We are convinced we can do well, we can reach a European position.

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'Of course we have to fight in every game, we have 10 games and we have to improve the home run which was not good, starting with Crystal Palace.

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'Like usual we have to be focused, concentrated and we have to be brave because I think we need to win.'

Everton have taken just 17 points from a possible 42 at Goodison Park so far this season.

They have won just three of the last nine in all competitions and are currently on a run of four defeats in five matches at home.

a group of football players on a field: Ancelotti says his side must find a better balance between defence and attack to be consistent © Provided by Daily Mail Ancelotti says his side must find a better balance between defence and attack to be consistent

That is something which will have to be addressed immediately if they are to remain in the chase.

'I think that the reason was because in the games where we tried to put more quality up front we lost balance,' said Ancelotti.

'We have worked on this and continue to work on this to put quality in our play, because we have players who can play with better quality and try to keep the balance we were used to when we played defensive matches.'

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