Friday, 25th April, 2014

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has insisted that the club should be proud of their efforts this term even if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

The Toffees, who defeated Manchester United 2-0 at the weekend, are currently fifth in the Premier League table with 69 points from 35 games, just a point behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

The Merseyside club have already surpassed their previous highest Premier League points total of 65 achieved during the 2007/08 campaign.

And Martinez wants Everton to pick up the maximum points from their three remaining league fixtures this season in order to provide a final thrust towards Champions League qualification.


“I will go as far to say, if you don’t get nine points and you don’t get into the Champions League, you can be proud and very happy anyway”, the manager explained to his club’s official site.

“That’s the target we are giving ourselves – how many points we can get from now until the end of the season.

“We have to make sure that we are fresh, we have recovered and look at every game as a unique opportunity to show what we can do.”

Everton will next face Southampton on Saturday before locking horns with title chasers Manchester City a week later.

Martinez’s side will then end their campaign with an away fixture against FA Cup finalists Hull City on 11th May.

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