Everton still in the fight, says Ancelotti

Soccer Football - Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton - The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - April 12, 2021 Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti talks to Nathan Broadhead as he prepares to come on Pool via REUTERS/Glyn Kirk

(Reuters) - Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti said Monday's 0-0 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion had dented their hopes of European football next season but with eight games left his side are not out of the running.

Everton have now gone four straight Premier League games without a win, Monday's result coming after a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace and back-to-back losses to Burnley and Chelsea.

Ancelotti's side are eighth on 48 points, four points behind sixth-placed Liverpool and seven behind fourth-placed West Ham, who have both played a game more.

"Of course, the fight is more difficult now, but we're still in the fight," Ancelotti told reporters.

"It's a point through good team spirit ... although with the ball we could do better, we had difficulties to build up from the back, we missed a lot of passes. We weren't able to reach our strikers with efficiency.

"Now in the next eight games that we have to play, there's a lot to play for and teams are really close to us."

Everton were without top-scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin due to an abductor problem and lost Yerry Mina to injury during the game, ruling him out of Friday's visit of Tottenham Hotspur.

Jordan Pickford, Allan, Andre Gomes, Joshua King and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are also nursing injuries.

"Of course, it's a difficult moment because we have a lot of players out but I hope to recover some for Friday and fight against Tottenham," Ancelotti said.

Everton also said in a statement that Cenk Tosun had undergone surgery in Turkey after rupturing his patella tendon while on loan at Besiktas. He will return to England for his rehabilitation.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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