Carlo Ancelotti admits that he currently fears playing teams in the Premier League ’s bottom six, than those in the European places.
Everton ’s record is remarkable this season, with the Italian’s side recording better results against sides in the top six, than those in the bottom seven places in the table.
And as he prepared for the visit on Monday night of a Southampton team who are currently seventh from bottom, he said: “I have to be worried because we are going to play against the teams at the bottom (over the next few weeks) where we have more problems.
“We have to be together to solve these kind of problems. I am convinced it is a really really competitive league, a really difficult league. You only have to look at the results of English teams in Europe, to see the league is at a really really high level.
It is even more difficult for Everton to play them at home, where the Blues have lost to the likes of struggling Fulham and Newcastle, and Ancelotti knows that must improve if his team is going to challenge for Europe.
“If we want to fight for the European position we have to improve our home run at Goodison,” he said.
“We have to pay attention to what we were not able to do in the last home games against Fulham and Newcastle. We want to avoid the problems we had in the games before.”