Coleman opens up on Everton’s pursuit of Champions League football under Ancelotti

Seamus Coleman has opened up on his ambitious plans for Everton and says he is keen for the club to be competing for Champions League qualification under Carlo Ancelotti.

Everton have made a promising start to Ancelotti’s reign since the three-time European Cup winner’s arrival on Merseyside in December, whilst the club are unbeaten in three fixtures since the Premier League’s restart.

Ancelotti’s side are currently five points adrift of seventh-placed Arsenal ahead of tonight’s trip to face Tottenham, and Coleman is keen for his side to finish the season strongly as they bid to secure continental qualification and build a side capable of competing for Champions League football.

“I don’t want to be having these conversations year after year when you have a decent run of form,” Coleman told the Liverpool Echo.

“You don’t want to be just speaking after a good few games saying, ‘we are doing well.’ I want us to be consistent. I want the club to be back challenging for Champions League places.

“Carlo Ancelotti has not put pen to paper on a contract to be with a mid-table team. He wants to be successful. It’s up to the players to keep driving it on. If we’re not good enough I’m sure this manager will see it and bring his own players in.”

Coleman has discussed the club’s need to change their mentality when facing the division’s leading sides, urging the Toffees to head to Spurs tonight with an expectation of securing victory over their fellow contenders.

“We need to start building a belief or a mindset within the squad where we need to go to Tottenham and expect to win, with the support and guidance of a top manager,” he continued.

“There were great spells through all the managers we had but as a club as a whole, we just need to find that belief. We need to show up and start getting results that maybe have passed us by before.”

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