Roberto Martinez says that the Europa League presents a 'phenomenal challenge' for his Everton side.
The Toffees get their European campaign underway on Thursday night against Wolfsburg and their manager certainly won't be taking the tournament lightly.
Europe's secondary competition is often undervalued by English sides, but Martinez insists that he is in it to win it and that Everton are very fortunate to be able to test themselves against some of the best sides across the continent.
“The draw has been really kind in the way it is bringing two phenomenal football teams in the quality of Lille and Wolfsburg and then a really surprise package with Krasnodar who beat Real Sociedad in the play-offs," Martinez said in a press conference today.
“So, in terms of group stages this is a phenomenal challenge for us but it is what we want at Everton.
“This is the expectation we want to bring onto ourselves, we embrace playing in Europe and this is what we need to fulfil our potential in the squad which is huge.”
The Toffees earned European football last season by climbing to fourth in the league in what was an impressive showing for the Merseyside outfit.
Martinez had the side playing some eye-catching football and they were not too far off the top four.
Breaking into the Champions League spots remains the ultimate aim for the club, but if they can emulate their finish from last season they will have had a good year.
Martinez is building an impressive squad at Goodison Park and has added to it this summer, but the Spaniard admits it would take a 'perfect' campaign for them to trouble the top four spaces.
So far, they have fallen short of the standards they set last year, with their solitary victory from their opening four fixtures coming against West Bromwich Albion this weekend.
The victory means they have grabbed three points that the club will be looking to build upon and a win in midweek against Wolfsburg will only build more momentum as they look to move forward this season.