Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been quoted by the Daily Post suggesting his side are ready to deal with two potential problems against Young Boys this evening.
The Toffees travel away to Switzerland for the first leg of their European tie and face uncertainty in the form of the pitch.
“We’ve been able to train all week on a similar surface so we’re quite aware of what we’re going to see,” said Martinez.
“If you’re not prepared the players can be shocked a bit, not sure about what footwear to wear, about what will happen with the bounce of the ball. But we are prepared.”
The comments should be encouraging for Everton fans because they suggest Everton will be right on the pulse of the game from the first whistle.
The aim for Martinez will be to get the game back to England with an away goal or not too far behind in terms of the aggregate score line.
Everton have some top quality and experienced players who should ensure that every individual in the team does their job and is prepared in the right manner.
The main worry for the boss will be injuries created by an uneven and inconsistent surface, which makes it important for the boss to look after any players carrying slight knocks into the game.
There are no excuses for Everton and based on Martinez’s comments, the only way the Toffees can lose this evening is if they are beaten by a better team.