Everton manager Roberto Martinez has explained to the Liverpool Echo, the importance of the club’s participation in the Europa League this season.
Martinez feels the competition has been beneficial for his team despite admitting that it’s a competition, which has had a negative impact on his side’s domestic form.
“The European experience has been phenomenal for what we want to achieve even though we all know it has cost us points in the league. Sometimes we need to accept it and move on quickly,” said the Spaniard.
European football is important for any side in the Premier League for a number of different reasons, which relate to aspects on and off the pitch.
On the pitch, Europe has helped Everton because it’s exposed the players to a different type of pressure.
It’s something, which creates the opportunity for Everton’s younger players to improve their games against a higher calibre of opponents.
Off the pitch, it’s been beneficial because of the extra finance which has been created and the extra commercial opportunities in terms of sponsorship and advertising.
That should allow Everton to be competitive in the transfer market this summer in terms of the bracket of players they will be going after.
The short turnaround time between European games on a Thursday night and Premier League action at the weekend has been a problem, but it’s something Martinez should learn from for the next time the club are in a position where they qualify to play in Europe.