Kevin Mirallas knows Everton’s European progress depends on a successful night at Goodison Park on Thursday.
The Belgian flyer is targeting a 2-0 win or better when Dynamo Kyiv visit Merseyside this week for the Round of 16 clash.
Mirallas, who has three goals and an assist in his four European appearances this season, has watched the Ukrainians’ second leg win over Guingamp in the previous round and knows securing a healthy cushion on home turf will greatly enhance the Blues' chances of progression.
The 27-year-old told evertontv; “It is very exciting because only the best teams are left in the competition now. Dynamo Kyiv have good players but we play at Goodison first and that is good for the team.
“I watched the game against Guingamp and I know they have two or three very good players. The away game will be difficult because of the stadium and the atmosphere but the first game is at Goodison and that is the most important. If we can win 2-0 it will be good.
“If you can win two or three-nil in the first leg, it makes it easier when you go away."
But regardless of the scenario going into the return leg next week, Mirallas is thrilled to know the Blues will once again be backed by a vocal army of travelling Toffees.
“I think it is amazing,” he smiled. “When you play at home and away, the stadiums are always full of Everton fans. In Wolfsburg, Lille, Krasnodar and Bern the fans came and it was great for the team. It can be difficult when you play away but with the number of Everton fans there, it makes it better for the team.
“The fans are always behind the team. You know when you don’t play well it can be difficult but the fans are always behind us. All this season the fans have been behind us and now the most important thing is that the team win this game.”
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