Carlo Ancelotti warns his Everton side to "respect" Sheffield United despite Blades' sorry season
Carlo Ancelotti has warned his Everton side they must “respect” relegated Sheffield United on Sunday after admitting his side must win all their three remaining games to stand a chance of qualifying for Europe this season.
Ancelotti’s side could have gone level with sixth-placed West Ham with victory over Aston Villa in midweek, but could only draw 0-0 ahead of Sunday’s clash with the Blades at Goodison Park.
“We have to respect a team that was relegated, but is going to fight for this game because they want to finish the season with dignity,” said the former PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich coach.
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“That is absolutely normal, and we have to pay attention because the home run was not good. We would like to close this season at home with two good results.
“We have three games, maybe we have to have three victories to be in Europe and we will try to do it.
"We played two away games, we got four points and it would be better to have six points but four points is good to stay in the fight.
"It's a point, we moved up the table and now we have a great opportunity at home.”
Sunday’s game at Goodison will again reunite Dominic Calvert-Lewin with United, the club he grew up supporting as a boy and later played for before his move to the Premier League, where he has since excelled and established himself as a senior England international.
He has 16 Premier League goals this season – only two less than United.