Lucas Digne says Everton are preparing to finish their season with “four finals” and take the Blues' bid for European football down to the wire.
Everton go to sixth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday aiming to reignite their Europa League bid following Thursday’s draw with Southampton.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have ground to make up on Sheffield United in seventh, six points and three teams separating Everton from the Blades.
Left-back Digne is nevertheless refusing to throw in the towel on his side’s pursuit of Europe, maintaining that four victories could yet see his team meet their objective for the season.
Following this weekend’s visit to Wolves, Everton welcome Aston Villa and Bournemouth to Goodison Park, either side of an away game against Sheffield United.
“It is not finished,” insisted Digne.
“We have 12 points to play for and everything can happen.
“If we win the four games, we will see what happens.
“It is not in our hands but we will do everything to make it possible.
“We have four finals and we have to see at the end.
“We have a strong team, a good team, we are building something and can be in Europe.
“If it doesn’t happen this season, then definitely next season.
“In a few years we want to be near the top of the league.”
Digne’s spectacular cross-field pass for Richarlison’s equalising strike against Southampton was the defender’s seventh assist this season.
He has rained in 247 crosses and added 68 tackles, sustaining the form which saw the Frenchman awarded Everton’s player-of-the-season prize after an excellent debut campaign last term.
The 26-year-old joined from Barcelona two summers ago and has played in the top leagues in both France and Italy.
In the Premier League, however, Digne reckons he’s found the perfect platform for his dynamic game.
“The intensity is very high, I love it, it is for me,” said Digne.
“I learn a lot every day in Finch Farm with the coaches and my teammates
“I have developed tactically and physically.
“I never played with this intensity and you have to learn in every game.
“It is part of my job to get forward and if I can give an assist I am happy.
“But the first thing is to defend well.
“After, if you can attack and help the team with assists and key passes and crosses, you have to.”
The beneficiary of Digne’s vision and execution against Southampton, Richarlison, has struck 12 times in the Premier League this season.
Signed in the same 2018 pre-season as Digne, the forward has been a revelation since coming from Watford.
Both players made their Everton debuts at Wolves’ Molineux home on the opening day of last season – Digne replacing Richarlison late in the game after the Brazilian had scored both his team’s goals in a 2-2 draw.
Digne expects another keen tussle this weekend and is grateful he’ll have Richarlison on his side in the Midlands.
“I am so happy for Richarlison because he works so hard for the team,” added Digne.
“He is a very good player, he gives a lot for the team, he gives his body and helps us.
“The most important thing for a striker is to score but it is the most difficult thing, sometimes, if you give a lot of energy elsewhere.
“Sunday will be a hard game, Wolves are playing well and are a strong team.
“We have to be ready to fight for every ball to take three points.
“We have no choice if we want to play in Europe.
“I am not surprised by Wolves’ season, I followed them in the Championship and saw how they played with their coach [Nuno Espirito Santo].
“They are a good team and deserve to be where they are in the league.”