Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Everton have a goal of qualifying for European football for next season, per Sky Sports.
Speaking to the news outlet, the Italian boss said: “[Our goal] doesn’t change. We started well, we want to reach the European positions, we want to play in Europe next season and so there are two possibilities – the Europa League or the Champions League.
“We hope to reach this goal that is really important for us, and for the club.”
Can Everton qualify for Europe under Ancelotti?
Indeed, it is up for debate as to whether the Toffees can qualify for European football for the 2021/22 season.
Will Ancelotti stay at Everton for the long-term?
They currently sit top of the Premier League on 13 points after six games, having won four of those, drawn one and today losing their first match of the season away at Southampton.
However, the Merseysiders have failed to qualify for European competition in each of the last three campaigns, having finished in eighth place on two occasions and ending in a rather disappointing 12th position at the end of last season (Transfermarkt).
Indeed, it may be a hard task at hand to qualify for Europe by league placement based on the last few years.
Ancelotti has a lot of European experience
If one man is to guide the Toffees to European qualification, though, surely it would be Ancelotti.
The 61-year old has won the Champions League three times in his managerial career, twice with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid, not to mention his teams winning numerous domestic leagues which would have enabled qualification for Europe’s elite club competition (Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, as Ancelotti says himself, it will be ‘important’ for the Blues to qualify for Europe this season to show progression for Everton and highlight his pedigree as a manager.
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