Martinez admits Everton would have to break records to qualify for Champions League

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Apr 12th, 2014

Roberto Martinez 2Everton boss Roberto Martinez, has said that his team will have to break records, to clinch a Champions League qualifying spot, ahead of Arsenal.

The Toffees overtook the Gunners on the log, after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sunderland today. Arsene Wenger’s men were not in Premier League action today, as they played Wigan in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Everton now have 66 points, which usually would guarantee a place in Europe’s elite competition, with five games left.

Asked how many they might need, the Spaniard said: “It’s hard to tell, but I think it’s quite clear that it’s going to be the highest it’s ever been in Premier League history.

“At this stage with 63 points, you are always guaranteed to finish top four. Now, clearly, one team is going to be out of that with that return.

“The way the competition is going, it’s always harder now to win the title; there are always three or four football clubs, and I think it’s the same for the fourth place and so on. I do think it’s a bit of an unknown.”

Martinez’s men were not at their best against Sunderland and needed a 75-minute own goal by Wes Brown to clinch all three points.

Asked if his men could go the distance, Martinez said: “That’s our objective. We are going into new ground, as you can imagine.

“It’s the highest points tally in Premier League history at Everton and that’s a significant statement, with the history that we have and the heritage we have at the club.

“We are going to just take every game with a real excitement. We have got a group of players that is focused and desperate to play, good competition for places, so we are just going to take it stepby step.

“But to have 66 points by this stage of the season is a remarkable achievement and the players deserve a lot of credit.”

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