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What The Papers Say - Feb 8

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The Echo

LANDON DONOVAN insists Everton FC can compete with any team in the Premier League and can prove it once again on Saturday against Chelsea.
 
EFC's form has been unpredictable so far this season, highlighted when they beat leaders Manchester City but then struggled to draw with bottom club Wigan on Saturday.
 
Donovan, 29, is halfway through his short-term loan deal from LA Galaxy, and says the squad feel that they are as good as the sides at the top.
 
“Since the day I got here there has always been the belief this team can compete with any team in the Premier League,” said the United States forward, who is in his second spell with the Blues after an initial move from Major League Soccer two years ago.

“When I was here last time we beat Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and should have drawn at Tottenham – so there is no fear in this club.
 
“We have a lot of respect for Chelsea, they are one of the best teams in the world, but we feel at Goodison we have a chance and we are going to go for it.
 
“They’ve come off an interesting result against Manchester United (losing a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 on Sunday) so it will be an interesting game to see how they respond to that.
 
“We feel good in how we’re playing, we like how we’re playing right now and our form has been pretty good so it makes for a really good match-up.”

Even in the short time since his arrival in late December, Donovan has seen an improvement in performances which has helped redress some of the difficulties the club faced earlier in the season.
 
“In the early part, when things don’t go your way, it’s tough. You kind of live and die by the results sometimes,” he said.
 
“In the last couple of weeks we’ve played a lot better and we’ve got some really important results, which has been good for everyone.”
 
Donovan had originally been set to take part in the Anfield derby during his second loan spell, until the fixture scheduled for February 25 had to be postponed when Liverpool reached the Carling Cup final.

Everton yesterday said a possible, although unconfirmed, new date for the clash would be either Tuesday, March 20, or March 21, both of which fall after Donovan will have returned to Los Angeles.

The Echo

BLACKPOOL boss Ian Holloway has challenged his side to go to Everton and cause a shock in the FA Cup fifth round.
 
The Seasiders booked their trip to Goodison Park thanks to the easiest of victories in their fourth-round replay at Sheffield Wednesday, which came courtesy of first-half efforts from Matt Phillips and Lomana LuaLua and a Ludovic Sylvestre strike after the interval.
 
All three goals were from the top drawer and after an incisive attacking display, Holloway wants his side to reproduce that form on Merseyside.
 
“We have to try and replicate that at his place against his team,” he said when asked what Toffees manager David Moyes would have thought of last night’s performance.
 
“They beat us 5-3 at their place last season and we drew 2-2 at ours and they kept their status and we didn’t.
 
“We have to go there, a very tough place to go and they will be favourites, but let’s see what we can do.
 
“We have got some unbelievably exciting games before that, though.”
 
Holloway made eight changes to his side, who are currently fifth in the npower Championship, and he admits that the showing of his second-string players has caused some confusion in his mind.
 
“I thought we were as professional as we have been since I’ve been here,” he said. “I was delighted.”

The Post

LANDON DONOVAN believes Everton FC have shown they can compete with anyone – and are now ready to underline the fact against Chelsea this weekend.
 
David Moyes’s side demonstrated the capability of raising their game against the top teams by defeating Premier League leaders Manchester City last Tuesday.
 
However, this season’s inconsistent form was then highlighted by a disappointing 1-1 draw at rock-bottom Wigan Athletic five days later.
 
But Donovan, halfway though his short-term loan from Los Angeles Galaxy, believes the Goodison outfit have nothing to fear when Chelsea visit on Saturday.
 
“Since the day I got here there has always been the belief this team can compete with any team in the Premier League,” said the United States international, who is in his second spell with Everton having first come over from Major League Soccer two years ago.
 
“When I was here last time we beat Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and should have drawn at Tottenham – so there is no fear in this club.
 
“We have a lot of respect for Chelsea, they are one of the best teams in the world, but we feel at Goodison we have a chance and we are going to go for it.
 
“They’ve come off an interesting result against Manchester United (squandering a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 on Sunday) so it will be an interesting game to see how they respond to that.
 
“We feel good in how we’re playing, we like how we’re playing right now and our form has been pretty good so it makes for a really good match-up.”
 
Both Victor Anichebe and Sylvain Distin have called for a repeat of Everton’s heroics against City as they aim for a third successive home league win against Chelsea.
 
“It is a great game for us,” he said. “Hopefully the fans will get behind us like they did against Man City – it really helps the team a lot.
 
“Ideally we can get a good result and carry on as we are. We always do well towards the end of the season and hopefully we will again.”
 
Distin, who made his comeback from a hamstring problem at Wigan last Saturday, added: “It is another big game that is for sure but there are no easy games really.
 
“There is not one game where you can take it easy. The league is always strong but this season is really compact. We will definitely need to be 100% for Chelsea.”

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