Roberto Martinez admits Everton’s position in the Premier League is ‘severe’, but says they have the quality to avoid the drop and succeed in Europe.
The Toffees face two home games in four days this week with a Europa League clash against Dynamo Kyiv and a league tie with Newcastle at Goodison Park on Thursday and Sunday respectively.
Martinez’s side are hoping to reach the Europa League quarter-finals and will be keen to get off the a bright start in the first leg before returning to domestic action against the Magpies.
Everton are without a win in five league games and have suffered back-to-back defeats against Arsenal and Stoke City, leaving the club six points above the relegation zone with 10 games remaining.
Some success in Europe may help inspire a turnaround in Premier League form and while Martinez is wary of Kyiv’s strength, he has complete faith in his Toffees squad.
As a football club, our responsibility is to look forward to the game against Dynamo Kyiv,” the Spaniard told evertontv. “We want to put ourselves in a position where we can get into the final eight of the competition.
“It’s a unique opportunity, but we are facing a really strong side. I know a lot of people are not too familiar with their league because it’s not something we see week in week out on our television, but Kyiv are unbeaten in their domestic games.
“We all know the severity of the league position but we also know the responsibility and quality in our dressing room. As a football club, we will be facing each game one at a time and knowing the importance they have.”
Everton are 2.29 to win Thursday’s clash with Kyiv and can be backed at 1.81 to clinch all three points against Newcastle on Sunday.