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Brilliant video from our man Phil Kirkbride, who is doing his best James Richardson impression going through the foreign papers.
Tim Howard is expected to play tonight, and he’s been pouring water over the flames surrounding his rumoured move to the MLS.
“There seems to be a lot getting said about my return and two weeks ago some things popped up on Twitter and I was getting all sorts of phone calls,” he told radio station SiriusXM FC. “I had to call my agent to find out what was going on because I didn’t know anything about it and nor did he.
“I’ve got three years left at Everton and at the end of that I want to be done playing so what happens in between that I have no idea. It is a business, but I’m happy where I am. I don’t know anything about those rumours, I have to be honest.”
PODCAST: A new feature on the ECHO, as Phil and Greg discuss the game tonight, live from Berne. Will McCarthy start? What tactics will Martinez use?
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Roberto Martinez knows there will be an inclination to see the game as an 180-minute match, but the Blues must simply take each leg at a time – starting with a win over in Switzerland.
The Blues finished top of Group H to book their place in the last 32 and Martinez says they will approach tomorrow night’s tie in Switzerland in exactly the same way as they took on their opponents earlier in the competition.
“Apart from the last game in the group phase, when we were qualified as top of the group, we wanted to take every game as if individual,” Martinez said.
“90 minutes to find a way to cope with the opposition, finding a way to cope with working in a different environment and tomorrow is going to be very much the same.
“I do find tomorrow’s game such a unique game because on the surface we are playing on, because the home team are in such a good moment of form, that I don’t think we can afford to be thinking about 180 minute games.
“The squad is ready and we are starting to get in a stronger position in terms of competition for places.”
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Good morning. How are the fuzzy heads, Blues? You’re either reading this in work, fuming you’re not en route to Berne, or you’re clocking up some serious data usage somewhere in Europe as you prepare for Everton’s game with Young Boys.
If it’s the latter, I salute you.
We’ll have all the build-up to tonight’s game – from Roberto Martinez’s selection to the supporters’ journeys to Switzerland. Be sure to tweet in all your photos and stories to @LivEchoEFC.
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Everton manager Roberto Martinez looks on as his players train in the Stade de Suisse ahead of facing BSC Young Boys in the Europa League
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