Tuesday 27 September 2016

Martinez seeks consistency in Toffees' drive for Europe

Chris Bascombe

Published 28/09/2015 | 02:30

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes his side have shown they are capable of securing Champions League football if they can add consistency to their quality
Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes his side have shown they are capable of securing Champions League football if they can add consistency to their quality

Everton manager Roberto Martínez believes his side have shown they are capable of securing Champions League football if they can add consistency to their quality.

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Martínez believes that some of the performances so far this season prove his players can meet the level required to finish in the top four as he seeks to get beyond 70 points.

"The Southampton performance and the Chelsea performance - that's the level that is needed to get into the Champions League, top and bottom," Martínez said ahead of his side's Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion tonight.

"If you can do that every week you're going to have a great chance to get over 70 points.

"How many points are going to be needed this season?

It's hard to tell. I think it'll be such a close season.

"You look at the points West Ham have got away from home and Crystal Palace's form.

"There are many teams who are going to take a lot of points from the so-called top four.

"That makes me think 70 points will get you into the top positions. The consistent level is what is hard.

"I'm starting to see very good signs of a very competitive squad and if we can develop that for the next eight months we will see where it can take us."

"After the first 10 games we'll have a clear idea of how challenging it will be to finish top six; I'm not just talking top four.

"I think there are six clubs, with the investment that they've made and the finances they work with, and they have set the level.

"We've played well but I think we can play a lot better in terms of getting the results that the performances deserve."

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