Everton defender Seamus Coleman has insisted that he will not give up hope of his team reaching a Champions League spot despite their Premier League position, according to Sky Sports.
The Merseyside club currently sit in seventh place, 11 points behind fourth placed Liverpool who are already six points clear of their nearest challenger Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite the gap between the teams, Coleman believes Everton have a difficult task ahead of them but they can reach Europe next season.
“It’s going to be very difficult now,” said the Irish international. “I’m really disappointed that we’ve faded off fourth a bit in the last couple of weeks.
“But personally I’m holding onto the dream even though I know it’s difficult. We just need to keep going.”
Although Champions League qualification looks unlikely, the 25-year-old hopes to finish as high up the table as possible and earn a European berth for next season.
The right-back also added that it was important that the Toffees kept their heads up following a run of one win in four and bounce back.
“We’re still aiming to finish as high up the table as we can, and whether it’s Champions League or Europa League, personally I’d like to play in Europe at some level and hopefully it can be next season,” continued Coleman.
“It’s important we don’t slip away now. It’s a key time of the season now when we need to be picking up results. We’ve had a disappointing couple of weeks but I’m sure we can bounce back and show what we’re capable of.”
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