Champions League the aim for Everton, says Oviedo

Everton’s Bryan Oviedo believes that the club should aim for the Champions League next season, their first under the stewardship of new boss Roberto Martinez, Sky Sports has reported.

Ahead of what looks a very competitive Premier League season, Oviedo is hoping the former Wigan boss can lead the Toffees into the top four. He told Marca TV: “I hope to have a year with a lot of chances to play and to help my team to qualify for the Champions League. Obviously, it is what everyone at Everton and all the fans want. We all want Everton in the Champions League.

Soon after he was unveiled as the successor to David Moyes, Martinez declared his intention to lead Everton to Champions League qualification, stating that it is what the club should be targeting. The last time Everton finished in the top four was 2005 under Moyes, but on that occasion they failed to make the group stage, losing a qualifier to Villarreal.

Since, they have established themselves as a top eight side but have failed to maintain consistency, leading to them falling slightly short in the race to qualify for the Champions League, including a sixth place finish last season.

But 23-year-old Oviedo, who despite finding first-team opportunities at a premium during his first season with Everton after joining from FC Copenhagen, has enjoyed the step up from Danish football.

He added: “Compared to Denmark, England is another thing altogether. It is great for my family and I am at a club, an excellent club, where everyone wants to help and there is a real community feel.

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