Martinez aiming at Wembley

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is determined to reach the League Cup final as he prepares to face Manchester City in the semi-final on Wednesday.

The Toffees welcome City to Goodison Park for the first leg of their encounter, and the Spaniard is looking to make home advantage count as he knows that they will need to put in a strong performance across both legs.

"We have enjoyed the journey but now it is about getting to the final," he said. "When you look at the teams that have made it to this stage, we are facing the top seed but all we want is to be as good as we can in front of our fans.

"It has been a really interesting Capital One Cup campaign. We have enjoyed the support of our fans at places likes Barnsley, Reading and Middlesbrough, where they were phenomenal. Then we had to be strong and resolute against Norwich at Goodison.

"We have seen some big occasions at Goodison Park. It is always important to make home advantage count. But in the same way you need to make the most of being at home, you need to be able to cope with playing away and not being affected by the home team's support.

"To get to Wembley, you need to be perfect, and I just feel with everyone's help we can become a perfect team and put in a perfect performance.

"We all know the quality that we have and the character and focus of the players. That allows us to believe we can compete against anyone on the day."

The Toffees are set for a triple-header against the Citizens, with a Premier League meeting at Etihad Stadium next week Wednesday followed by the semi-final second leg a fortnight later.

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