Premier League boss: Southampton have been the 'revelation' of the season

Roberto Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has had some strong words of praise for Southampton.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has called Southampton the 'revelation of the season' at his press conference today - covered by the club's official Twitter account.

The Toffees are preparing to take on Southampton this weekend and Martinez has nothing but respect for Everton's opponents.

The Spaniard says that he is expecting his side to face a tough test on Saturday when they take on the South Coast club, who are having a remarkable season.

Southampton were considered by many to be among the relegation favourites at the start of the season, but they have defied expectations and mounted a sustained Champions League challenge.

Ronald Koeman has guided the side into the upper echelons of the table and they are currently just six points adrift of the top-four.

Although bridging that gap will be a tough challenge between now and the end of the season, they have a real chance of claiming a European place and that will be a major achievement.

Southampton lost a number of players last summer, but they have still managed to move forward this season and Martinez's praise today has been well earned. 

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