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Bernard Has Eyes for the Europa League

Everton winger Bernard says he and his teammates are eyeing up Europa League qualification, after their resurgence of form under new manager Carlo Ancelotti. The club were flirting with the relegation places before Christmas, but Ancelotti’s appointment has led to an upturn in form.

The Toffees came from 2-0 down to defeat Watford 3-2 at Vicarage Road on Saturday, with Theo Walcott bagging a stoppage time winner. The win lifts Everton to 9th place in the Premier League and Bernard says his team are looking for a top 6 berth and Europa League qualification.

“All games in the Premier League are difficult and a lot of teams want to qualify for Europe. We believe in our quality and in our team. In our development and capability.” The player insists he is still in a cycle of learning after 18 months at Goodison Park.

Bernard signed for Everton on a free transfer in the summer of 2018 after five years at Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk. He signed for the club on a Bosman after a difficult spell in Ukraine, having made his name at his hometown club Atlético Mineiro.

“Without a doubt, I have always said we are on a constant learning process, gaining knowledge as people and professionals,” said Bernard.

“I try to focus on the weak parts of my game and improve them but also improve the strong parts of my game. I hope I continue developing and improving and helping the team. As long as I am here, I will do my best and contribute to the team and institution. My happiness is their happiness.”

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