Sport Ancelotti: Everton are STILL in top four race despite Brighton draw
Ancelotti tells Everton to be 'brave' if they want a top four finish
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.
Carlo Ancelotti insists Everton are still in the fight for a place in Europe despite letting two points slip in a goalless draw at Brighton.
The Toffees felt the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front and managed just one shot on target during the game, which came in the 71st minute.
The result leaves Everton eighth, four points behind sixth-placed Liverpool and seven behind West Ham in fourth.
'Of course, it's more difficult now, the five, but it is a point,' Ancelotti admitted after the match.
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The 26-year-old centre half joined from Barcelona for £28million in 2018 but has failed to hold down a starting spot this season, suffering from several injuries and inconsistent form. Fine form from Mason Holgate, 24, and Ben Godfrey, 23, means Mina's long-term future as a starter at the club is insecure and according to the Sun, he is keen on a move to Italy to secure first-team football.
'It is a point which through good team spirit, although of course with the ball we could do better, we had difficulties to build up from the back, we missed a lot of passes.
'We were not able to reach our strikers with efficiency.
'I think that we are still in the fight but like I said it is more difficult. But now in the next eight games that we have to play, there's a lot to play (for) and teams really close to us and the fight with us, we are still there.
'Of course it is a difficult moment because we have a lot of players out but I hope to recover some players for Friday and fight against Tottenham.'
With an already injury-hit squad, it was another blow for Ancelotti when Yerry Mina was forced off just before the hour mark.
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Jordan Pickford has resumed training but Carlo Ancelotti has said 'we don't want to take a risk' for their game against Brighton on Monday. Andre Gomes has also been ruled out due to a hamstring injury.While the goalkeeper has resumed training, Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti has said 'we don't want to take a risk' with regard to the Premier League match at the Amex Stadium.
'Yerry Mina had a muscle problem on his abductor and he will not be available for a few weeks I think,' the Toffees boss said, also confirming that midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin will not feature again this season.
Captain Seamus Coleman admits if Everton miss out on European football it will be their home form they will come to rue and not draws at places like Brighton.
'It's a point away from home. Obviously we wanted to win the game but Brighton are a very good side and they made it difficult for us,' the Republic of Ireland international told Sky Sports.
'Our disappointment comes from maybe not picking up three points against Palace (last Monday) as you could argue this is a good point away from home.
'We don't want to be harping on about injuries - there are plenty of other teams doing that - it's part of a Premier League season. Injuries happen and unfortunately we've lost a few players.
'This is no disrespect but against your Fulhams and Newcastles at home (games which Everton lost) that's where our disappointment comes.
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