Carlo Ancelotti says improving Everton’s home form is the club’s biggest ‘priority’ right now ahead of tonight’s clash with Southampton at Goodison Park.
Everton have shown signs of notable progress this season under Ancelotti and currently sit seventh in the Premier League, five points adrift of the Champions League places with two games in hand on fourth-placed West Ham.
Ancelotti’s side boast the fourth-best away record in the Premier League this season and secured a first away win at rivals Liverpool in more than two decades last weekend, though their form at Goodison Park has been disappointing with just four wins and six defeats from 12 league fixtures.
Ahead of tonight’s home meeting with the struggling Saints, Ancelotti has outlined his determination for his side to improve on that record and says fixing their indifferent record on Merseyside is the Toffees’ ‘biggest priority’ at present.
‘The biggest priority for us in this moment is to improve our form at Goodison Park,’ Ancelotti told evertonfc.com.
‘There were too many times this season when we were not good enough in home matches and our work since we won at Anfield was focused on correcting this issue.
‘It is difficult to understand because away we have been really strong, playing with spirit and personality and some quality to win a lot of points.
‘We would not have lost so many games at Goodison with our fans, I am certain of that.
‘But this is not the only reason and it is the same for all the teams. While the situation remains like this, with no supporters in stadiums, we must find a solution.
‘I was really proud of my team and players for our performance in the derby and pleased for every Evertonian.
‘You play football to give happiness to the fans and we were able to do this.
‘The most important things for me were the three points to keep our position in the table and the way we competed with another top side.
‘We are showing the attitude of a big team. Every side in the Premier League has its own strengths and we respect all our opponents.
‘But we never have to be afraid and I can see the players believe it is possible to fight for the victory in every match.’
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