After three successive league draws to get their 2013-14 Premier League campaign underway, Everton manager Roberto Martinez has challenged his players to kick-start the club’s season on Saturday when they take on Chelsea at Goodison Park, reports the Daily
So far, Everton’s transfer dealings have somewhat overshadowed matters on the pitch. Marouane Fellaini left to join Manchester United on deadline day, while they managed to bring in Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku on season-long loan deals, along with Wigan’s James McCarthy for £13m.#
Martinez has seen his side be held by Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City, and with the transfer window now closed, he is targeting the game with Chelsea as an opportunity to get their season going.
The Spaniard said: “This is a fresh start for us. The season starts now. We are catching up in terms of points and we have to take this as a real opportunity. We want accept the responsibility and we want the pressure to do well.
“We want Goodison to be a difficult place for teams to come to,” Martinez added. “We want to put the tension into the play. Playing at Goodison gives you an advantage. The crowd are close to the pitch and you have to take that edge.
“It will take a lot to beat Chelsea. The experience and the amount of talent they have got. It will certainly take a lot to beat them (to the title) this season.”
The Toffees have drawn blanks in their previous two games, but striker Nikica Jelavic is likely to start once again, with Lukaku unable to play due to being ineligible against his parent club.
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