Portuguese and Spaniard go head to head at Goodison on Saturday.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that it is good to have one of the world’s “best managers” back in the the Premier League ahead of the Merseyside giants’ top-flight meeting with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday evening, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The self-styled ‘Special One’ made an emotional return to Stamford Bridge earlier this summer after a seven-year absence from west London, while Martinez himself has just embarked on a new adventure after leaving relegated Wigan Athletic at the end of last season to join the Toffees as a replacement for the long-serving David Moyes.
And the highly-rated Spanish manager has welcomed the return of ‘Mou’, although that will not prevent Martinez from going all out to beat his rival in front of the live TV cameras on Merseyside on Saturday.
“He [Mourinho] is one of the best managers in world football, there is no denial of that,” said Martinez.
“Our league wants that and it is good for everyone to have the best at each job.”
Meanwhile, Martinez goes into Saturday’s showdown against one of the favourites for this season’s Premier League title without having overseen a win yet during his opening three top-flight fixtures in charge of Everton, all of which have ended in draws.
However, he is confident that it will not be long before his players soon register that first victory of the new campaign, adding: “One thing is playing a certain way, and the other is being very good at it – it needs time and I have been very impressed in the way we have played the first three games.
“The players have shown real strength in trying to do things in a different way and we have done things very well.
“(But) in football you can only consider satisfaction when you win the three points.”