Everton on the rise – Moyes and Co. hopeful of Champions League qualification
Everton center back Phil Jagielka has shot a warning against complacent form. The English defender has urged his teammates they must record good form to prove they are worthy of a top-four finish this season.
The Goodison Park defender claims a win over Arsenal will change the fortunes of his side. Everton will travel to the Emirates on Tuesday night to play against Arsenal, who just recently entered the Premier League’s top-four.
Arsenal are presently placed third on the table, a point away from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur and four points away from Everton. This means a victory for Everton at this stage will put the Merseyside club level on points with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at 58 points.
In spite of recording winning results against Premier League leaders Manchester United and the defending champions Manchester City, Phil Jagielka insists Everton must record consistent performances to enter the upper echelons of English football.
“Unfortunately, we haven't turned up in some really big games,” Phil Jagielka said. “That's the challenge for us now and there is only one way to change that. “We'd like nothing better than to put in a fantastic performance at the Emirates, come away with three points and lay that to rest. But it is not always as easy as that.
“We have gone to the Emirates and not got the rub of the green a few times. Maybe we have under-performed away, but we have done very well at home against them. We'd like to turn the tide as soon as possible.”
A winning result against Arsenal will be a huge boost for Everton’s attempt to acquire Champions League action for next season, but the Merseyside club will have to concentrate on remaining five games in order to enter the coveted European competition.
Everton manager David Moyes admits that the prospect of entering the Champions League is very exciting. However, the Scotsman played down the chances of entering the top-four.
“If Everton did have the Champions League it could change a lot of things,” David Moyes said. “But I am loath to talk it up because Arsenal away it's such a difficult game. We go there as big outsiders.
“We've got an opportunity and we'll try to take it on, but it is a small chance, about 15 per cent. If we win this one we will be right in with an opportunity - but if we lose we will probably be out of that chance of making it into the top four.
“I am quite confident because I feel the players are in good fettle, and I am in good fettle, I feel good. I feel good about the team, because there are a lot of good things about them right now, so I am relaxed.”