Everton FC manager confident of reaching Europa League last eight
Roberto Martinez hoping Toffees can edge out Dynamo Kiev on Thursday night
March 19th, 2015
Everton are the last English club standing in Europe following the Champions League exits of Arsenal and Manchester City this week, with the Merseyside club hoping to continue their Europa League adventure.
The Toffees have reserved some of their best performances for the competition, having qualified for the last 32 stage as group winners before a comprehensive victory against Young Boys over two legs.
Roberto Martinez claims that reaching the last eight of the Europa League would represent an “incredible achievement”, with the club having only reached the quarter-finals of European competition twice before.
“What is true is that getting into the final eight of this competition would be an incredible achievement historically.
“It would only be the third time in our history, so we are all aware of the opportunity and that brings a real desire of performing well and when we do that we will enjoy our football. What we saw at the weekend [in the 3-0 defeat of Newcastle United] was a team back enjoying our football.”
Martínez added: “For an hour against Dynamo there was a real excitement in our play and that is what we are looking for here. It is not about feeling the responsibility of needing to get through, it is wanting to achieve something historic and special for us and make our fans proud in Europe, which is what we are doing.”