Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti says it would be a ‘dream’ to finish in the Premier League top four this season.
The Toffees remained in European contention with a 1-0 home victory over Southampton on Monday.
Richarlison scored in the ninth minute after being sent through on goal by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Michael Keane then had a goal ruled out for offside as Everton held on for all three points.
Speaking about the club’s aspirations, Ancelotti told Sky Sports (via BBC Sport): “To fight for European places we need to improve the home run, this performance and victory can help us have a better run at home.
“It will be a dream to be in the top four at the end of the season. We are quite close if we win on Thursday. But the decision is long – we have to stay in our goal which is to play Europa [League] next season.”
When asked about the performance, Ancelotti continued: “Very good. It’s been a very good week. I really appreciate the teamwork, we were focused defensively, had a good combination up front. The performance was good and we deserved to win.
“We won a second ball and then Richarlison did a good movement, our striker was a little bit different. Dominic (Calvert-Lewin) played centre right and did in my opinion really well.
“Richarlison is a fantastic talent, we have two fantastic strikers with different characteristics.
“When you are 1-0 up the last minutes are always the same, the opposition team puts a lot of power in and we had to control. They had practically one opportunity. Pickford was good in goal, really secure. I am really pleased.”
Southampton barely managed to land a glove on Everton.
However, Ancelotti will be hoping his team can capitalise on their dominance in the future.