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Sylvain Distin is adamant Everton won’t give up on Champions League qualification until it is mathematically impossible.

The Blues’ European push received a boost over the weekend with the 2-1 victory over Cardiff City, coupled with defeats for Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

Those aforementioned results leave Everton now occupying sixth spot – a position which would be enough to secure a place in next season’s Europa League.

However, Liverpool and Arsenal’s respective victories at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane means there is now a gap of nine points to fourth-placed Manchester City, who have at least two games in hand over the other teams currently in the Champions League qualification berths.

While a top-four finish seems a difficult ask, Distin insists the Blues will continue to concentrate on the task at hand and then assess the situation at the end the season.

“As long as it's mathematically possible, we'll try,” Distin told evertontv. “We won't give up.
“When you play for Everton, you're used to people doubting you. It won't be the first time; it won't be the last. We just focus on ourselves, focus hard and we've got 10 games left to finish as high as we can.”

Saturday’s victory over Cardiff City extended Everton’s winning run at Goodison to seven matches, although Distin accepts the Toffees were made to work hard for maximum points.

Roberto Martinez’s side will aim to continue their excellent home form when another Welsh side, Swansea City, visit Merseyside this weekend.

“This league is amazing,” Distin added. “When you think a team like Cardiff is just one place above bottom of the league, it's unreal.

“They gave us a tough game today and clearly they deserve to be higher than that.”

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