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Everton will compete for Champions League spot this season, insists Jagielka

first_imgPhil Jagielka is confident Everton will compete for a Champions League qualification place in this year’s Premier League.The Toffees were one of the top flight’s surprise packages last term, eventually finishing in fifth after losing a season-long battle with Arsenal for fourth spot.Europa League qualification still represents progress for the Merseyside outfit, who enjoyed a promising start to Roberto Martinez’s reign as manager, but captain Jagielka hopes they can go one better ths time around.Everton’s summer transfer activity hasn’t compared to that of their rivals at the top of the table, having signed just three senior players in Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Barry and Bosnia international Muhamed Besic, yet the England defender believes that could work in the side’s favour.Asked if a top four place is a realistic goal for the club, Jagielka said: “Oh yes, definitely.“We didn’t expect to finish anywhere near where we did last season and many probably thought we overachieved.“But, while we know it will be difficult, we’re confident we can do better than last year.“Sure, lots of teams around us have been active in the transfer market this summer, but buying players and getting bigger squads doesn’t instantly give you a better team.“We saw Tottenham struggle last year after spending all the Gareth Bale money, so as much as we haven’t drastically changed our squad from last year, we’ve got a continuity in the team and that will be a strong point for us this season.”last_img

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