Wednesday 08 February 2012

Everton quality impresses Donovan

Ahead of Chelsea match, USA international says Toffees can compete with anyone

Donovan is currently in his second spell on loan with Everton

Everton forward Landon Donovan said he thinks the Toffees can match any team in the Barclays Premier League this season.

David Moyes's team currently lie in mid-table in the League but are unbeaten in their past four matches in the competition.

That run includes three draws, but also a memorable 1-0 win over Manchester City - only the third defeat of the season for the leaders.

"At Goodison we have a chance and we are going to go for it"
- Landon Donovan

Donovan, who is currently on loan at Goodison Park for two months from Los Angeles Galaxy, said he sees no reason why the team cannot claim another notable scalp against Chelsea this weekend.

"Since the day I got here there has always been the belief this team can compete with any team in the Premier League," he said.

"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 [on Saturday].

"They’ve come off an interesting result against Manchester United [a 3-3 draw after leading 3-0] 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."

United States international Donovan, 29, is at Everton for the second time following a first successful loan spell from Major League Soccer in 2010.

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Key Points

  • Donovan on loan at Everton from LA Galaxy
  • Says Toffees have quality to match any Barclays Premier League side
  • Chelsea next up for David Moyes's team