Everton manager Frank Lampard has insisted that there is a ‘long way to go’ in the Premier League relegation battle.
The Toffees currently sit in 18th place, but following their impressive win over Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday, are just two points adrift of Burnley and Leeds United in the table.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the 1-0 win, Lampard insisted that while their Premier League fate is technically in their hands, his players are not thinking that way.
“I don’t know what is in your hands around the bottom of the table,” he said.
“If it was Liverpool and Manchester City you’d think they would win every game and then in your hands is great at that point. But are we expecting Burnley to win every game? At the minute maybe yeah! Are we expecting Leeds to win every game?
“It think it is hard to say what is in our hands and that’s because we can only control certain things – and that’s when we play.
“That’s the difficult thing about yesterday, we can’t control Burnley. We can’t control Leeds. We can only control ourselves. Of the five games we will have to control ourselves well enough to get enough points. We don’t know what that [total] is.
“My feeling is there is a long way to go.”
Everton’s game in hand over their nearest rivals is against already-relegated Watford, who they face on Wednesday 11 May at Vicarage Road.
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