“I think the stakes are so high now for every club in terms of keeping Premier League football, that unless it’s right it won’t happen”, he said ahead of his side’s Monday night clash with Everton.
Both of their victories, over Southampton and Chelsea respectively, were emphatic results and Martinez stated that if his side can deliver that level of performance consistently, they should accrue enough points to finish in the Champions League places.
Gerard Deulofeu scored the victor in Everton’s 2-1 Capital One Cup win at midweek.
“This is my third professional season: a year in Everton, last year at Seville and now back here”.
Everton were pipped to fourth by Arsenal in Martinez’s first season in charge but suffered a dip as they ended the previous campaign in 11th.
“The top clubs want the best players, they will spend to get the best players and the market value will keep going up because the money is getting bigger and bigger, especially in the Premier League”. “If you have a lot of confidence, I believe everything will be fine”.
But for my selection, I’m going to stick to type – my type – and work on the basis none of the injured crew will be back.
“From day one, the chairman and gaffer said that John wasn’t for sale and that remained the case even though Chelsea kept coming back with bids”. I felt at home here, very comfortable.
“But he is focused on the next game and he is narrowing his aims and objectives into achievable goals so in that respect I have no worries about Ross”. The goalkeeper did not attack it especially well but what is important is to score and help the team.
“There are many teams who are going to take a lot of points from the so-called top four”.
Arouna Kone played himself out of the team at Reading and the fact two youngsters are at full-back means I would plump for experience/cover out wide of Aaron Lennon and Steven Naismith.
“When I arrived the hardest thing was can we win at Old Trafford, can we get a three-goal difference against Arsenal, can we beat the champions and outplay them in certain aspects?”
“We also brought in Tom Cleverley, Gerard Deulofeu, Aaron Lennon and Ramiro Funes Mori, all global players, and you can see that we are trying to build for the future. But I have to wait for my chance and try to take it when it comes”.