Distin wary of complacency ahead of Sunderland trip

, 9 April, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
Defender believes squad has the right level of confidence

Sylvain Distin says that Everton will travel to the Stadium of Light on Saturday confident, "but not overly so" of taking three points off struggling Sunderland and maintaining the pressure on Arsenal in the race for a place in the top four.

The Blues will take on a Black Cats team that is back on the foot of the Premier League table, just as they were on Boxing Day when disaster struck in the first half of what was considered a potentially routine home win and Tim Howard was sent off for conceding the penalty that would represent Sunderland's winning goal.

Gus Poyet's men were beaten 5-1 by Tottenham on Monday evening but Distin insists Everton will be taking nothing for granted on Saturday. "If anyone expects an easy game, they'll be wrong," the French defender said. "We'll have to remain focused and positive to make sure we get three points.

"We're the same as usual. We're pretty confident because we know if we're all at it, we can compete against anyone.

"The Premier League is a really tough league and each week you see a result no one expected, so as a player you can't allow yourself to be overconfident.

"It's going to be a tough game no matter what the opponent's position or who you play.

"We're going to go there confident, but not overly so."

The Blues know that as long as they keep winning, a crack at the Champions League via a fourth-place finish is in their hands but Distin cautions against anyone getting ahead of themselves.

"Because we won against Arsenal, people believe it's nearly done, but it's far away from being done. We've got a tough team to play and it won't be easy.

"It's one step closer, but still a long way. I'm going to take it game after game and see where we are at the end."

One of those games will be a home clash with Manchester City next month that could carry the nasty twist of Everton needing to beat Manuel Pellegrini's team to secure fourth place but handing Liverpool the title at the same time.

Distin was quoted in The Guardian that "some people would rather we don't get Champions League as long as [Liverpool] don't win the league. It's mad! Personally I'd rather be in the Champions League. You can't miss a chance for that. It would be amazing for the city if both clubs made it."

He claims his comments were taken out of context and twisted to suit the narrative of the article but there has been some debate by Evertonians online in recent days about whether fans could stomach aiding the reds' title bid by securing Champions League football or whether they could give up fourth place if it meant Liverpool weren't crowned Champions for the first time in 25 years.

Quotes sourced from evertonfc.com

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