Everton boss David Moyes feels that his side will have to break the 60-point barrier if they are to secure a return to Europe this season.

The Merseyside club currently sits sixth in the league with 51 points - four points off fourth sport going into Sunday’s massive clash against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Following this they will play five more of their remaining matches away from home, with trips to near rivals Arsenal and Chelsea as well as the Merseyside derby with Liverpool to contest with.

Therefore, Moyes knows that his side face a tough test if they are to be playing European football next season and may well have to eclipse their previous best finish of 65 points, under the Scot, to at least secure fifth place and European qualification this time.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Moyes said: “We have a tough run-in and with the league table still being tight I am hoping that we can do what we have done in the past and finish strongly.

“With eight games to go last season we had 40 points, this time around we have 51 and if we want to have any chance of getting close to Europe I feel we will certainly have to get above the 60 points mark.”

The Toffees boss was also optimistic about his side’s tricky run-in and was looking to draw on his experience to help the team fight right up until the end of the season.

“In recent seasons I would have looked to take the team away to have a few days training in the sunshine, but the way the fixtures have worked I have not found it possible this year,” added Moyes.

“At this time of the season we try to keep the training short and sharp as much as we can. It’s a pattern we’ve followed in previous years and it has tended to work for us.”

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