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Martinez looking to build on ‘exciting’ season

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By Jamie Elliott

Saturday 10 May 2014

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that he is already looking ahead to build on this season’s achievements next term, according to Evertonfc.com.

Roberto Martinez

Martinez steered Everton to a fifth place finish and a Europa League spot in his first season in charge of the club.

Despite narrowly missing out on a Champions League berth, the 40-year-old is ready to aim higher next season.

“It is making sure we master what we are good at. This season has been very exciting in terms of adopting different ways of doing things and experimenting in many ways,” said Martinez.

“The squad is ready to kick on next season and we have a nice balance between the young, brave, arrogant talent and the senior heads with incredible standards. I feel that (mix) could be very special for the next five to six years at our football club.”

The Spaniard believes that his squad are currently the perfect mix of youth and experience and he will look to build on that with further additions.

Now Martinez is ready to take on Europe next season and hopes that the strong competition will be a good test for his side.

“I feel that European football is a must and that is why we need to concentrate and finish the season really strong. Playing in Europe next season will be the perfect extra test this squad needs. With the support we have at Goodison and away from home, every dream is possible,” added Martinez.

“We are all ready as a football club, from the chairman, all through the football club, that if we are in the group stages we will need an extra six or seven players. They are going to come from within from the young players and players who we need to fit into our culture.

“I don’t think the extra demands are a problem at all, it’s not something we should be worried about - the opposite, we need to embrace the new demands.”

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