Everton defender Michael Keane says that his side have the belief in themselves that they can become a side challenging at the top of the table.
The Blues have been pipped by sides above them this season, including a dramatic last minute calamity at Anfield, and Keane says that when Everton have played teams above them, they have not felt inferior.
Everton travel to Manchester City tomorrow and will face a tough task as the home side try and regain the top spot from our Merseyside rivals, but Keane says that his Everton side believe they can get a win at The Etihad.
The trip to Manchester comes on the back of two draw at Goodison Park, against Newcastle and Watford, and Keane says the Blues need to kick on.
He told the official website, “We have a chance of getting in the top six.
“We have dropped out but are not far away. When we have played the teams above us, we have not felt they were better than us.
“We need to take that step and beat one of these teams, doing that would give us further belief to kick on.
“We have to believe we can win.
“There has been a lot of progress here this season, which is showing in the way we are playing – and [in particular] the way we are going to the top teams and playing.
“We haven’t got the results we’ve deserved at those places.
“But if you compare us to last season, we are completely different. The manager has brought in brilliant players, the squad is a lot deeper and we are ready to compete at the top end of the table.
“We just need to get over that hurdle of becoming one of the top-six sides and I think we will really kick on when we achieve that.”
Everton will, as always, sell out the away end tomorrow, and the support will be vocal for the Blues, who are the only team not to be beaten by Pep Guardiola in the league at The Etihad.
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