Oviedo talks up Everton’s Europa League chances

Everton utility player Bryan Oviedo believes that his side can mount a significant challenge to win the Europa League this season despite their domestic struggles, the Liverpool Echo has reported.

The Toffees have been inconsistent in the Premier League throughout this season so far, and despite their initial aim being to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League, they lie in 12th place and just five points clear of danger. Their recent record reads only one win in 11 matches, while they went out of both domestic cup competitions at the first hurdle.

However, they have fared a lot better in the Europa League, comfortably topping a group which included German high-flyers Wolfsburg, Lille and Russian side FC Krasnodar, achieving four wins and a draw from their six outings.

Swiss club Young Boys provide the opposition for their Round of 32 clash, the first leg of which takes place on Thursday on an artificial surface in Bern, and Oviedo thinks the Merseysiders have a chance of winning the competition.

“For me, we want to win the Europa League, and of course finish in the top positions in the Premier League,” he said. “Both are very important for us. Of course, that means we will need to be very strong between now and the end of the season. We have to give our maximum.

“But we know what we can do. We have shown that in Europe already this season, against some very good teams. We need to be strong in the next game, against Young Boys. It’s going to be a very difficult game. They will play it like a final, and that’s what we need to do, treat it like a final.’

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