Phil Jagielka: Champions league dream is realistic
Everton captain Phil Jagielka believes that his team are firmly in the race to get a top four finish following their two nil defeat of Norwich City.
The three points leaves Everton fourth in the table with over half of the season already gone and the blues skipper believes that his side have a chance.
Jagielka said: “I think it is realistic and it is an aim, but it is going to be a very tough season with the amount of teams that are in there challenging.
“It’s the same as before the game. We are in with a chance.
“Obviously quite a few of the teams around us have won again. That seems to be the way the league is going at the moment, but it is up to us to keep ourselves in the mix for as long as possible.
“With wins like this, and decent performances, we are still in the mix.”
Despite having a string of injuries to key players his season, Jags believes that the Everton squad is still really strong. Everton were missing Ross Barkley and Sylvain Distin from yesterdays squad through injury, on top of Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson who are out for the season and Antolin Alcaraz who was rested after a recent injury. The defender said you only had to look at the toffees bench to see how strong Everton are as a squad now.
He said: “It says a lot if you think about the players who haven’t been available.
“We still had a pretty decent bench as well. The squad is decent in numbers and hopefully we will get a few of those boys back as quickly as possible.
“It is going to be an interesting end to the season.
“There are obviously many teams that can go on fantastic runs, but if we can keep putting performances in we are not going to be far off.”
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