Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is confident his side will put up a good showing against West Ham United in their Premier League match on Sunday.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is confident his side will put up a good showing against West Ham United. Everton take on West Ham in a Premier League match that is key to their hopes of playing in Europe next season. Yet their hopes were dealt a blow after a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa in their previous game.
Ancelotti, however, said his team will bounce back and cited how they have done so before this season itself.
“Every time you have problems, you have to move forward, to give confidence to the players,” said Ancelotti. “After a bad performance or defeat, the history of this season says we were able to move on with a fantastic result.
“There are a lot of examples. When we lost at home against Fulham, one week later we won the derby. It was this kind of season.
“I am sure the reaction will be fantastic for the game against West Ham. We were really disappointed (with Aston Villa performance and result) but worked all week to prepare for this game and to have a good feeling and to try to win.”
Carlo Ancelotti added that Everton must show quality alongside their fighting spirit to end the season on a high.
“At the end of the season, everything is more important, all the teams have their targets. There will be more concentration and energy, it is always the same, nothing changed. So, be focused and, above all, be confident.
“The games we won, we won for the fighting spirit, not the quality we were able to show. We had fantastic results away because of the spirit and concentration.
“We have to manage and adapt for next season to try to avoid this inconsistency we have, only at home, because away, we were perfect.
“Now we have to analyse the season and put the right adjustment in the squad to avoid the limits and weaknesses we had.”
Everton are currently eighth in the Premier League table with West Ham at fifth. Yet while West Ham will qualify for the Europa League should they hold on to fifth, Everton need a better finish to secure even a Conference League spot.