Redknapp makes bold Everton prediction for next season
By Aramide Oladipo
Harry Redknapp believes that Everton will challenge for a place in the Champions League next season.
Everton are currently in seventh position in the league table and they are seven points off the top four.
The last time Everton tasted Champions League football was back in 2005 when eventual semi-finalists Villarreal knocked them out in the qualifying round before the group stages.
The Merseyside club’s last involvement in European football came three years ago when they failed to reach the Europa League quarter-finals after losing to Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev.
Speaking with Everton’s official club website, Redknapp heaped massive praise on current boss Ronald Koeman and made the bold prediction that the club could be one of the sides to break into the top four next season.
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“Ronald is a great guy. What a player he was. Just a great footballer and a legend of the game who is doing a wonderful job, as he did at Southampton. He is top-class.” he said.
“Everton are pushing top six this year, although they’ve got a few points to make up, but certainly next year I can see them having a real run at the top four.
“I’m sure they’ll strengthen again in the summer and, for me, they’ll join that top six and be another team in that mix as to who makes the top four.”
Redknapp knows a thing or two about breaking into the top four as he managed to do so with Tottenham during the 2009-10 season.
Under his guidance, Spurs beat European giants AC Milan and reached the Champions League quarter-finals where they were beaten by Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid side.
Everton manager Koeman knows what it takes to win the competition as he scored the winning goal in the 1992 final at Wembley to give Barcelona their first taste of European Cup success.
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