David Moyes accepts it will be hugely difficult for Everton to finish in the top four.
The Toffees are again pushing towards the UEFA Champions League places this season, an objective they last managed to achieve back in the 2004/05 campaign. Indeed, with just two defeats to their record thus far, the Goodison Park club, along with champions Manchester City, can boast to be the most difficult team to beat in the Premier League at present.
Chelsea are next up on Merseyside on Sunday, when a win for the home side would see them leapfrog the reigning European champions into the top four. This would likely heighten expectations amongst their supporters that this could be their year, but Moyes is taking nothing for granted.
“That is what we will try to do, but it is going to be tough,” he said. “If anyone thinks we are a shoo-in to do it – I’m telling them it is going to be a long, hard season. There are a lot of difficult away games to come and we are going to need the crowd at Goodison to help us in games like last Saturday against Wigan (Athletic), when we had to dig it out and see it through.”