Everton v Lille preview – Roberto Martinez confident of victory
Martinez hoping to see Everton take a big step towards the Europa League last 32 stage
November 6th, 2014
Everton have enjoyed an unbeaten start in Europe thus far, landing draws in Russia and France after beating Wolfsburg 4-1.
Victory this evening at Goodison Park would virtually see the Toffees over the line when it comes to reaching the last 32 stage and Roberto Martinez is confident that he has the squad who can compete in this competition while sustaining Premier League form.
“What we want to do is grow into the competition and try to be as good as we can,” he told reporters. “The first objective is to try get through [the group] and to do so would be a phenomenal achievement, looking at the teams in this group.
“There is no such thing as a weakened side; we made sure we had a big enough squad to feature in all the competitions. We have 23 outfield players who have all showed what they can do – now it’s about having that competitive edge.
“We proved we are ready to face games having made changes and that doesn’t mean we aren’t taking things seriously.
“If we want to become a big club with a big mentality we need to be ready to face many games and I think we’ve responded really well.”
“In football, when you get injuries and suspensions, you have two options – you can start moaning about them and the other one is to use it as an opportunity or to look to the youngsters,” he remarked.
“Once the window shut, we had a strong enough squad. We can cope with suspensions, injuries and the demands of the games. I’ve been very pleased with how we’ve adapted to the travelling and also playing Thursday and Sunday.”