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Everton would be 'foolish' to look ahead, says Martinez

By Football News



Roberto Martinez says it would be "foolish" for Everton to look too far ahead as they aim to bring European football back to Goodison Park.

Everton currently lie sixth in the Premier League, which is likely to carry UEFA Europa League qualification after Manchester City's League Cup success.

However, Manchester United sit just three points behind as they look to claw success back from a stuttering season.

And, with 11 league matches still to come as well as Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final tie with Arsenal, the Spaniard is imploring everyone at the club to look no further than the next game.

"It would be very foolish to talk about the possibility (of qualifying for Europe)," he said.

"This is the most important moment of the season, the squad is ready now to face the last 11 games and we are in the quarter-final so it's the last thing you want to be talking about right now.

"We want to finish as high as we can and then we'll prepare for whatever's next."

Martinez's compatriot Joel Robles has started every round in goal for Everton in their run to the last eight, replacing regular first choice Tim Howard, but Martinez refused to be drawn on whether that trend would continue at the Emirates Stadium.

"When you've got a strong squad you have huge belief in every member," he said.

"Tim Howard has been outstanding this season, Joel is growing and benefiting from working with Tim and both keepers have been reliable with very good performances.

"The whole squad is always needed. The whole squad is ready, it's a glamorous tie and we're looking forward to it."