Lukaku says Everton can win the Europa League on one condition

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Everton are all but assured of a place in the last 16 of the Europa League.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku says his side will win the Europa League if they can maintain their Premier League intensity on the European stage, the Daily Star report.

The Toffees all-but assured their passage in to the last 16 knockout stage following a phenomenal 4-1 first-leg victory over Young Boys in Switzerland.

Despite going behind early on, Roberto Martinez’s men fought back and former Chelsea striker Lukaku produced a hat-trick performance illustrating why the Toffees paid so heavily for him last summer.

Their intensity and work-rate blew the Swiss outfit out of the water at times, and Lukaku feels more repeat displays of this ilk will result in lifting the trophy come May.

"We are the best team in the competition. You can see in our performances. We have only lost once so far in the competition and some of the performances we have delivered so far have been brilliant,” he said.

"We don't have to be scared of other teams. It's all about us and how we perform and if we play at the tempo that we do in the Premier League then teams will not be able to cope with us."

Advantage for Everton?

While Lukaku’s comments might come across as a bit forward and perhaps far-fetched, the Toffees’ Premier League position could actually hand them an unlikely advantage.

A number of top teams in the Europa League – Tottenham, Liverpool, Sevilla, Villarreal, Roma etc. – are currently chasing a Champions League spot in their respective leagues.

As a result, recent history has shown how teams tend to place more emphasis on possible Champions League qualification via the league that it opens up the possibility to unlikely Europa League winners.

Roberto Martinez’s side are currently safe in mid table and while relegation and a top four spot is out of the question, the Goodison Park outfit can now put all of their focus and energy in to their European campaign.

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