Ancelotti: Everton are aiming for top spot

Sunday, 13 Sep, 2020

Tottenham travel to Bulgaria next week for their Europa League second qualifying round match against Lokomotiv Plovdiv and will play twice more in European competition if they progress, in addition to two League Cup rounds, before the October worldwide break.

"They have told me what the Premier League is like and I am aware of it from watching myself".

Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez may be the box office signing which has excited Everton fans but it is less heralded fellow new arrival Abdoulaye Doucoure who could provide the answer to their problems.

"It is very good to have the opportunity to work with him again". "It helps when you've got the hugely knowledgeable manager that we have".

In addition, James spoke of the influence that Carlo Ancelotti, his now coach, has had on his career, after having coincided with him at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

"The announcement of James Rodriguez as an Everton player is, of course, a huge moment for us in terms of growing our worldwide profile particularly, in the USA and South America", explained Richard Kenyon, Director of Marketing, Communications and Community.

"I don't know if they are able to play 90 minutes - or if they are going to start - but they are available". He had an important injury in pre-season and he will still be away for a few more weeks.

Tottenham finished sixth in the Premier League last season, seven points behind London rivals Chelsea in fourth.

"If they get a good player in the a year ago of his contract, they're in a privileged position to do a good deal".

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho will make a late decision on the fitness of Gio Lo Celso (hamstring).

It defies belief somewhat but not since the last-gasp heroics of Steve Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic way back in 2012 when David Moyes was still scowling on the touchline have Everton beaten Tottenham.

"He could take a while to adjust, but once he does, he could be a real asset for them (Everton)".

Dowell and Christoph Zimmermann are the only players who started at Luton last Saturday, with the likes of Tim Krul, Max Aarons and Teemu Pukki all returning. "I think it'll be a very, very tight game but I can see Spurs winning it". In Doucouré and Allan, Everton now have power, tenacity and athleticism in the middle of the park and in Rodriguez, they have a genuine match-winner to go with Richarlison.

"But isn't like I am coming here for one game. He is going to improve the quality of our squad".

"We realise that more than ever we need that". Walcott, Siggy, Kean, Bernard, Iwobi, Davies, Delph all now likely to be on the bench rather than starting but all of them are very decent members of the squad.