Leighton Baines hoping Qatar trip can revitalise Everton

The Blues head to the Middle East looking to work on tactics and rebuild their confidence.

Everton defender Leighton Baines is hoping their mid-season trip to Qatar can be a turning point, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Blues travel to the Middle East on Wednesday having won just once in 13 matches in all competitions, with their 0-0 draw against West Brom on Monday extending that streak.

They don’t play again until January 31 when they face a trip to Crystal Palace, who will be keen to continue their good form under new manager Alan Pardew.

Manager Roberto Martinez has decided to use the enforced break to his squad away to train, having completed a similar style of trip to Tenerife at this time last year as well, when things were going noticeably better for him and his team.

Leighton Baines is now hoping that the break can help the Blues overcome what he describes as a “difficult moment” for everyone involved with the club.

“It is similar to what we did last season,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“We had some hard sessions in the morning with some tactical stuff in the afternoon. It is a chance to go away and take a bit of time to take a step back and look at where we are going wrong. We have to because we are going wrong at the minute.”

The England defender is hoping they will have time to not only work on tactics, but also try and rebuild their morale as well, which has evidently taken a huge dent during their unwanted run of results.

“Hopefully we can get more spirit back amongst the lads and keep everyone together. It is difficult at the moment. We have to stay together and look after each other.”

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