Tuesday, 15th April, 2014

Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels that the World Cup in Brazil this summer will be a huge challenge for all the European sides in the tournament.

The Spanish manager, who has guided the Toffees to the brink of a Champions League spot this year, feels that the South American sides hold an advantage over the European teams, and have more chances to succeed in the World Cup.

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“First, as a European team to be able to adapt to the conditions – the conditions of the pitch and the climate – it’s very different and it takes a lot to get used pushing yourself under those conditions, so physically you’ll be affected”, Martinez told FIFA's site.

“Tactically, it’s a very difficult way of playing the game. It seems South American sides are quite happy to go man-marking all over the park and they are happy with those one-on-one situations, rather than relying on systems and being a bit more zonal and organised.


“And third is what I said earlier; the meaning of representing a South American side in a World Cup is, at the moment, much stronger than for a European player representing his nation”, the 40-year-old added.

Five-time World Cup winners and hosts Brazil will take on Croatia to kickstart the tournalent in Sao Paulo on 12th June.

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