Capital One Cup: Roberto Martinez eyes Toffees glory


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Everton boss Roberto Martinez is keen to end the club’s 21-year wait for a major trophy, as they prepare to take on Manchester City in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final tie on Wednesday.

The Toffees are without a major honour since they defeated Manchester United in the 1995 FA Cup final, while they have never tasted glory in the League Cup, although they have been defeated twice in the final in 1977 and 1984.

Martinez is keen to end that drought and believes the club are close to bringing good times back to Goodison Park.

He said: “I think we are on the right track in having a team that excites us. I truly believe we are not far away from bringing glory into our football club.”

The Merseyside outfit will be competing in their first League Cup semi-final since 2008, with the first leg of their tie against City set to take place on home soil before the return fixture at the Etihad Stadium on January 27.

Martinez is keen for his side to see off Manuel Pellegrini’s team, as he believes the club’s supporters are overdue some success.

He added: “That’s something we want more than anything, to be able to give our fans a taste of becoming a winning team once again.”

The Toffees are available at 3.50 to secure a first-leg advantage, City are on offer at 2.00 and the draw is priced at 3.60.

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