Veteran Everton defender Sylvain Distin: Lukaku has the quality to fire the Blues past Wolfsburg
The 37 year-old believes Everton are in perfect shape to secure a top place finish in Group H
Europa League Group H: Lukaku Ready To Fire Everton Into Europa Knockout Stage
Veteran Everton defender Sylvain Distin is banking on Romelu Lukaku to fire Everton past Wolfsburg and secure pole position in Europa League Group H.
The 37 year-old centre half is confident the solid recent form shown by Martinez’s men will provide a perfect platform for the trip to Northern Germany.
Distin, who has claimed his place back in the team due to injuries to John Stones and Antolin Alcaraz, believes Lukaku’s return to goalscoring form can secure a result to guarantee the Blues a place in the knockout stages of the competition.
He said: “We’re full of confidence at the moment. We always have been to be honest. Even if things were a bit difficult at the beginning of the season, we were aware of our qualities and knew that things were going to get back on track. ”
Not that the Frenchman or his team mates will be taking Wolfsburg lightly. Since suffering defeat in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park the Bundesliga outfit have laid down a remarkable run of results and Distin is aware of the difficult task Everton will face on Thursday evening:
“At the moment, things are going well but it’s going to be a tough game. Wolfsburg are a really, really good team and I’m sure after the game we had here they’re going to try to reverse that.”
Everton travel to Wolfsburg on a decent run of their own and Distin, who singled out striker Romelu Lukaku as Everton’s danger man, believes a mixture of hard work and quality can secure top spot in Group H for the traveling Toffees.
While a point on Thursday evening may well be enough to see Everton through to the round of 32, Distin is looking towards Romelu Lukaku to fire the Blues to a first group stage away victory.
“As a striker you always have a time when you don’t score goals,” said Distin.
“All you have to do is keep your head down, keep working hard and you know the goals are going to come back. We’ve got the squad and the players to put Romelu in the good positions to score goals and he’s got the quality to make sure he does that.”