Everton coach Carlo Ancelotti said that he lacks the atmosphere of playing in the Champions League, indicating that his team may participate in the most prestigious club competition in the old continent next season.
Everton ranks sixth in the Premier League with 32 points from 17 matches, two points behind its rivals in Merseyside Liverpool, who are fourth, and is the last place that qualifies its owner directly for the Champions League. Liverpool have played two more games than Everton.
Ancelotti said that Everton’s next two matches against third-placed Leicester City on Wednesday, and against Newcastle, who are 16th on Saturday, will reveal the team’s position this season.
“The Champions League is the best competition in the world. I said when I got here that leading Everton to play in the Champions League gives me enthusiasm and motivation. I really want it,” Ancelotti said at a press conference.
“It will be important to know the level the team has reached. We want to compete for the first six or four places. We will play the next two games at home and by the end of Saturday the future of the team will be clear.”
“The competition is fierce in the Premier League this season. There are teams like West Ham and Southampton who are not used to being in the top six. For these teams it will be really exciting to compete with the big names,” he added.