The departure of David Moyes from Everton made many fans at the time wonder what was to come at their club. However, few would have predicted that newly appointed manager Roberto Martinez would have the effect he has had in such a short period of time.
Currently Martinez's side has the longest standing unbeaten streak in the Premier League at eight and after a week where they defeated Manchester United and drew Arsenal the manager spoke out about his true vision for the club going forward which includes a return to Europe's elite for the Merseysiders:
“I’ve always said that the Champions League has to be an objective for Everton.
The club has a winning history, we’ve won nine league titles in the past and we need to get that feeling back, and that brings expectation.
Obviously we are not working with the budgets and the finances the other six top Premier League clubs are working with.
But I’ve always felt we need to be creative enough to one day to challenge for a Champions League position. It could take one year or maybe longer, who knows, but that has to be the ultimate aim.
This past week was a challenging week for us, going to Old Trafford and the Emirates. It was a real test of not just our quality but also our character and I think we passed the test with flying colours in both cases.
It’s pleasing to be able to compete with these teams and we need to make sure we carry on improving”
With the Toffees fifth in the table and the four sides above them having a tough remaining December schedule, Everton will hope that if they perform strongly throughout the month then they have the opportunity to jump up even further in the table.
Currently the side are only two points from a tie for second with Chelsea and rivals Liverpool, while Manchester City sit fourth with a one point lead and a massive goal difference advantage.
Roberto Martinez has a dream of returning the Toffees to Europe and if they continue at the current pace they have all the potential to truly deliver on that by the end of the campaign.
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