Moyes: Villa a ‘must win’ game in Champions League chase

EVERTON boss David Moyes believes tomorrow’s clash at Aston Villa has become a “must win” if his side are to have any hope of qualifying for the Champions League.

It is amazing what one good result and a week can do because just seven days ago Moyes intimated such a task was beyond his side in the wake of a 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth.

But after thumping Wigan 4-0 at Goodison Park last weekend, their hopes of a top-four finish have been revived, although perhaps now hinge on whether they can add to Martin O’Neill’s current misery.

With Everton not playing until 24 hours after Arsenal’s visit to Wigan today, the Toffees could be 10 points adrift of Arsene Wenger’s side come kick off, adding to the pressure.

“For the Champions League, the answer is ‘yes, it is a must win’,” conceded Moyes when posed the question.

“If we’ve any chance of qualifying for the Champions League we need to hang in there and hope Arsenal slip up.

“Who knows? Let’s hope we can pick up the points, that Arsenal do slip up and we can catch them.

“If we do lose then that would only highlight the gap between them and us. But they’ve still Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea to play in their remaining games, so if we can cut that gap to four then it would make it that much easier to get there.

“But you have to say Arsenal are in good form at the moment, and they’ve players back from injury, although they did lose a couple in the Champions League game in midweek.”


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