Roberto Martinez looking for Manchester City boost

Everton manager Roberto Martinez thinks beating Manchester City could be a turning point for his struggling side.

Roberto Martinez is looking to kick-start Everton’s season by beating Manchester City.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Thursday, the Spanish manager said he believes beating Manchester City could have the same effect as City’s victory over Bayern Munich had for them.

"I think the game against Bayern Munich was a real turning point for City," he said. "They got a winning goal against a fantastic team, which raised the confidence levels. From that point on they found a way to win in most of their games. They are in very impressive form and have never relied on one particular individual to win games, which is a great strength.”

Everton have had a poor start to the season and have lost their last four league games before drawing with West Ham in the FA Cup during the week. Rather then being concerned with having to face City however, Martinez believes it could the perfect opportunity to turn their season around.

“I believe we are ready to face a team like City. We are still hurting from what happened at the Etihad, where we were very unfortunate and disappointed with the big calls going against us. That is something that we want to get rid of and the only way to do that is by getting a positive result."

The away side may be boosted by the return of Argentine striker Sergio Aguero following his recent spell on the sidelines. During that period, the champions have operated under a new formation without a recognised striker, going on an undefeated run in all competitions over the busy Christmas period. 

Martinez isn’t worried about the potential return of Aguero though, stating that it is what his side does without the ball that is most important.

"I think you need to be very good without the ball against them," he added. "I think defending with the ball is as important as defending without. A team like City has great understanding of space; players with the quality of David Silva, Samir Nasri and James Milner are players that can use the space really well and can pull you out of position.”

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