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Ancelotti: Everton avoiding relegation became a priority lately

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Carlo Ancelotti admits Everton probably started the season with hopes of an European spot but ended up fighting for their survival in the Premier League.

Carlo Ancelotti reflects on Everton’s poor form of late and admits their priorities had to change at one point of the season.

The Italian manager was appointed Toffees boss back in December after Marco Silva was dismissed.

Everton were in a dire situation as at the time Ancelotti came into the picture. The club were 15th in the League and only four points off the relegation zone.

The ex-Real Madrid and Chelsea boss managed to turn their fortunes around and they currently sit 11th in the log standings.

However, Ancelotti is aware Everton have been one of the most inconsistent Premier League sides since the restart of football. One point from their last three games means there is no mathematical chance of making Europe in any way.

The 61-year-old looks back at their season and how their plans changed course along the way.

“We didn’t put a time for [European football],” Ancelotti said as quoted by BBC.

“This season didn’t start well for Everton, we were close to the bottom of the table in December. We started quickly, we had a dream to reach Europe but the last results were not good.

“This doesn’t change the plan, the target has to be Europe. It’s not a disappointment we don’t reach Europe in this period. The priority when I arrived was different, to be safe as soon as possible.”

However, Ancelotti backed Everton to rediscover a winning touch in their remaining games.

“The players have been here for more time than me so they know what the fans expect from them.

“I’m sure we will have a different attitude and reaction in the next three games.”