Spaniard says three points against the Blues this weekend will kick-start the Toffees’ campaign.
New Everton head coach Roberto Martinez has backed his team to get their first win of the new Premier League season against title favourites Chelsea at Goodison Park in front of the live TV cameras on Saturday night, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The Merseyside giants have so far started the campaign with three consecutive draws under their recently appointed Spanish manager, who arrived at the club from relegated Wigan Athletic earlier this summer to replace the Manchester United-bound David Moyes.
However, Martinez has faced a tough start to life with the Toffees, spending more time fending off inquiries into some of his best players during the recent close-season transfer window than actually working on the training pitch with his new stars.
In the end, though, Everton were only forced to part company with Belgian international Marouane Fellaini, with the highly-rated midfield player following Moyes to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day for a whopping £27.5m.
Meanwhile, Martinez then used the proceeds from Fellaini’s move to the Premier League champions to bring in the likes of James McCarthy, Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku to help strengthen the club’s playing squad.
And Martinez is now asking for an eye-catching display from his players when Jose Mourinho’s star-studded team come to town this weekend.
“This is a fresh start for us,'” said Martinez. “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. 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.”