Mar 272014

Blues boss insists the club doesn’t just want a return to the continent next term – it needs it

European football is vital to Everton’s hopes of progress next season, according to Roberto Martinez.

The Blues boss insists that the club doesn’t just want a return to the continent next term – it needs it.

Martinez hopes to further his side’s chances of Europe by taking three points from their clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday, and he reckons the fifth-placed Toffees are fully prepared to take the next step if they qualify for either the Europa or Champions League.

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He said: “What’s important is that as a football club we are ready, in every department, and to be tested and push ourselves in Europe.

“We are so fortunate to have a group of players we have.  We need to take all the good work from this campaign into the next campaign and the only way we can do that is by qualifying for European competition.

“It is not going to be easy because we are in the same boat as Spurs, Manchester United even Southampton, Newcastle as well as the top four in the league.

“So it is not an easy ask but we don’t want it to be easy.”

Four of Everton’s eight remaining games are at home where crowds have been as healthy as ever this season. And Martinez believes the Goodison faithful will play a key role in the club’s hopes of finishing either fourth or fifth.

“The role of fans will be vital because they have been magnificent in the way they have given us support,” he added.  

“They have given us patience in the way we want to play at home in that is reflecting in the results and now we need to make sure we get good results away from home.”

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