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Everton boss to Liverpool, Arsenal & co: 'We're coming for you'

Roberto Martinez is still gunning for a top-four finish.

Everton sit nine points adrift of fourth-place Manchester City having contested an extra match, with Tottenham sandwiched in between the two at present.

The outlook for Champions League qualification isn’t a great one for the Toffees, having lost more games in the past seven weeks than the rest of the season combined.

Relegation battling Swansea are up next on the fixture list, though tricky clashes with Arsenal, Manchester United, Southampton and Manchester City are all yet to be played.

Don’t tell the Merseysiders’ Spanish boss that anything is out of reach, however, as he’s refused to rule out gaining entry to Europe’s elite competition until arithmetic does so itself.

“We can reach fourth position mathematically so we are going to fight for that,” he told talkSPORT.

“Is it difficult? Of course it is. At the moment you have five phenomenal squads in front of us.

“We have earned a position where we can go for a points tally that will give us fourth position.

“It has been a very, very good season, but we need to make sure that the last ten games are the best ones so far.”

The chances are incalculably remote that Everton make up a sizable defect on four clubs all in with a realistic chance at the title, but Martinez’s ambition certainly deserves respect.

It’s this attitude from the touchline that has driven the Toffees on throughout the course of the term - on course to beat the 63 points posted in David Moyes’ final season at Goodison Park.

Perhaps Champions League passage is a lost cause at this point, but one can’t help get the feeling that Martinez’s men will be back next time around with even increased resolve as he continues to build his project.

The competitive field won’t get any less crowded, that much is for sure - but the heights Martinez is looking to reach are clear, and one can bet he’ll be scheming long in advance of August to lay further groundwork.

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