Everton boss Roberto Martinez will have had an outstanding debut season whatever happens in the Toffees’ final two matches of the season. But win them both and maybe…just maybe…he will secure Champions League football for the Merseyside club.
It is a big ask, with their top-four fate firmly in the hands of Arsenal, who are currently four points clear of Everton with just six to play for.
And yet until it is mathematically impossible, expect Martinez’s men to keep on fighting.
That is exactly the message the former Swansea City and Wigan Athletic manager conveyed prior to his side’s game against Manchester City on Saturday evening.
In an interview with Everton’s official website, the Spaniard said, “What we need to do is take that fight until the very last second and that is what we are determined to do.”
It is an ethos Martinez appeared to instil in his players from the outset, such was their obvious camaraderie and fighting spirit, and one that will serve them well in the campaign ahead.
Everton face Manchester City in Saturday’s late kick-off and they will know that they need to win to put the pressure back on the Gunners.
But such has been Everton’s transformation under Martinez that the side tipped to pip Liverpool and Chelsea to the title will have to work extremely hard to overcome them.