Jose Mourinho has suggested that Everton are just at the beginning of their journey under Carlo Ancelotti, insisting that the Toffees boss is one of the best in the world – in comments reported by Football London.
Spurs travel to Goodison Park on Friday for a clash that could have major implications for both clubs’ European aspirations ahead of next season.
Tottenham are seventh in the table, while the hosts are one place lower. Neither has won either of their last two games. Everton do however, boast a game in hand.
And ahead of the game, Mourinho outlined just how tough a task it is going to be given the opposition they are set to go up against.
“I think they go in the right direction,” he said, as reported by Football London. “They have got a big coach, one of the best in the world. They got important players and players of two directions, they get a player coming from Real Madrid and two from Barcelona and at the same time they get the young guy that comes from Norwich, people from different formations.
“They have a very good squad and I think this is just the beginning for them. I believe with Carlo’s quality and experience, the work and improving, this is just the beginning for them.”
TBR View: Pivotal clash for Everton and Spurs
It does feel that any side that does not win on Friday may be all but out of the top four race. But Spurs are arguably under a little more pressure.
Of course, the expectations have been much higher in North London. And having played a game more than Everton, they obviously have fewer opportunities to catch up.
Spurs also have a Carabao Cup final coming up on the horizon. So it would be hugely beneficial for Tottenham to regain some momentum.
Getting the better of one of the world’s best bosses will certainly be a fantastic way for Mourinho’s men to start getting back on track.