Roberto Martinez on importance of warm weather training break

With Everton's absence from the FA Cup, Martinez will hope that work during their warm weather training in Qatar could help Everton turn their season around.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says it is the perfect time for his side to go and do some warm weather training, he tells the Liverpool Echo.

The Toffees have headed out to the middle east in Qatar for week with the side without a game this weekend after they were eliminated from the FA Cup by West Ham United.

It could be the break they need in their season as they are currently in retched form having won just one of their last 12 domestic games.

Everton are currently four points above the relegation zone, something which was unthinkable to many at the start of the campaign given they collected a record points haul under Martinez in his first season in charge at Goodison Park last term.

Martinez seems pleased to have the group together away from home for a week.

The Spaniard said: "It’s a perfect period to try and spend as much as time as we can with each other and try to get as many sessions as we can.

“Obviously we have fantastic facilities at Finch Farm but sometimes to be able to be away and spend a lot of hours with each other is important, to reinforce the group dynamics and be able to work in warmer weather which always helps to regenerate tissues.

“It has been a demanding half of the season and it will be a good opportunity to work with players who have been out injured.

“From a psychological point of view it will get players ready for the game against Crystal Palace and everything else that is left in the second half of the season.

“It is a really really important period to condense a lot of work into a week in Qatar.”

One advantage they may have is Palace still involved in FA Cup action while Everton can focus solely getting on a result at Selhurst Park when the two sides meet. 

Martinez has pointed to performances against West Ham and Manchester City as signs of the side improving in terms of performances but wins seem to be eluding them.

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