Roberto Martinez on whether cup tie is make or break for Everton, answers underachievement question

Roberto Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez addressed the media ahead of his side's FA Cup quarter-final clash with Chelsea on Saturday evening.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said this weekend's FA Cup quarter-final tie with Chelsea is not 'make or break'.

For many, if Everton were to lose to Chelsea at their weekend, their season would be over by March and pressure will mount on Martinez after a league campaign where it has been widely said the Toffees have underachieved.

Martinez is hoping for a response from his side after they threw away a two-goal lead to West Ham United to lose last weekend, which has been a familiar feeling for the side this season having also let leads slip late on against Bournemouth and Chelsea in the Premier League this season.

He told a press conference, as show on the club's YouTube channel: "I think we were all in the same boat. We've seen outstanding signs this season of the squad we're putting together and that's why it's so frustrating in games to win the game and then throw it away and lose it.

“They are the current league champions, this is the type of game we want to be involved in.

"I think you need to look at the overall season, you've got a long period in this campaign, we've been very consistent in our away form, the home form - I think the consistency in our performances has been there.

“We need to take the pain and experiences we’ve had and get a good result."

Martinez has admitted he feels the pain of the poor results when they come about like they did last weekend but wants his side to use it to their advantage in the game against a Chelsea side that has shown an upturn in form in the second half of the season.

When asked about whether the side has underachieved - as they currently sit in 12th place in the Premier League table - Martinez dodged the question a little, saying: 

“I think we have to wait until the end of the season.

“We can go down to every detail. We have to wait until the end.”

Even with a disappointing league campaign, if they end the season with silverware, it could be regarded as something as a qualified success, which would mean this weekend's clash with Chelsea has a lot riding on it for both the club and the manager.

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