Martinez: Cup run has lifted the mood at Everton

Date published: Friday 4th December 2015 1:46

Roberto Martinez: Blames cup run for Everton's poor league form

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes his players are embracing the expectation which has been created by their run to the Capital One Cup semi-final.

Manchester City await in a two-legged affair next month as the Toffees look to end a 21-year wait for a trophy.

And Martinez is pleased his squad have grown rather than shrunk in the face of increasing pressure with the midweek 2-0 quarter-final win at Middlesbrough an example of that.

“I think just getting into the semi-final in the manner we did is a good sign,” he said.

“We all felt the expectation and atmosphere we created could work both ways: positive in that you embrace it or you feel cagey, feel the pressure and cannot perform.

“Our team showed a real enjoyment with what we could achieve and I think we are ready to enjoy that pressure of not having won a title for a long time.

“We are looking forward to being as good as we can, keep improving and try to be a very close club in order to achieve as much as we can in the league.

“At this stage you don’t expect to get any easy draws but we feel good, are playing really well and are confident of enjoying the two games against Manchester City.

“If you want to go all the way in any cup competition you get to a point where you have to play against the best and clearly City are one of the best in Europe.

“We will put it aside at the moment and enjoy it when the first leg comes around.”

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