Merseysiders need just a point to guarantee European football next season.
Everton head coach Roberto Martinez has claimed that the Toffees will be going all out to beat Manchester City in the Premier League at Goodison Park on Saturday evening, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The Merseysiders play host to the Blues knowing that a win will hand the initiative in the race for this season’s Premier League title back to their fierce city rivals Liverpool.
However, Martinez insists that his team will do everything in their powers to get the three points against Manuel Pellegrini’s side, with the home side themselves still with much to play for in this campaign.
Fifth-placed Everton currently trail fourth-in-the-table Arsenal by four points in the race to seal the final qualifying berth for next season’s Uefa Champions League, but with now just two league fixtures left to play this season, and so making a win on the weekend an absolute necessity for Martinez and Co if they wish to maintain their now slim dream of competing in Europe’s premier club competition.
“I always felt the relationship between the two clubs over many, many years has had many interesting chapters and this would be another fascinating one,” said Martinez.
“You cannot question our integrity, but helping other teams is not the way we do our work. We are just focusing on ourselves and maintaining our high standards in every game we go into, and we will want to win this game to try to deliver maximum points from our remaining two games.
“We have 69 points and we want to beat that. If it adds some surprise and twists and turns to the title race then so be it – and I think the fans understand that, they expect us to try and get maximum points.”
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