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Carlo Ancelotti says Everton have the goal to reach the top

after his experience at Napoli and he is relishing the prospect of managing Everton. The Toffees were lying near the drop zone when the Italian took charge of the club in December but they have since made good progress to move within a couple of points off the top half of the table.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Ancelotti admitted that a move to the Premier League was on his mind after the dismissal at Napoli and said that he is grateful for the opportunity with the Toffees. He added that the Merseyside outfit have a fantastic history and tradition and the hierarchy have the ambition to compete at the top.

He told: “First of all I wanted to come back to Italy [after leaving Bayern]. I had an experience at Napoli and it was a good experience there but if I had to choose a league, I wanted to come back to the Premier League for the atmosphere you feel here and the atmosphere the Premier League has. The fact I had the opportunity to come to Everton was really important. Everton is a club with a fantastic history, fantastic tradition and they have a goal to be at the top. We are trying to, if we are able after the COVID [shutdown], we will try to do our best.”
The Toffees lost ground before the coronavirus shutdown with just one point from three games against Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea. While they were hugely competitive against the Gunners and Red Devils, they were brushed aside by the Blues, who picked up a comfortable 4-0 win at the Bridge. Despite the setbacks, they are within four points off a potential Europa League spot and Ancelotti will be hoping that his team can find form when the season recommences next month.