Martinez looking for repeat performance

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is looking for a similar performance to the one his side showed against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium earlier this month.

That league fixture ended 0-0 and Everton became the first team in over a year to stop Manchester City from scoring at home and Martinez wants to see the same from his side in Wednesday’s clash with the Citizens.

Everton go into Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg with a 2-1 advantage and will be hoping for a solid performance which would see them face rivals Liverpool in the final on February 28 at Wembley Stadium.

“It’s not just the defence in the modern game you need to attack with 11 players and defend with 11 players,” Martinez told the club’s official website.

“But it is true that you need to have a certain mentality and a certain resilience to get a clean sheet.

“No-one else has done it this season and it was the first time a game has finished 0-0 [in the Premier League] there in five years.

“It tells you a lot about our mental state and how mature we are as a team. It goes back to starting the game well and it slowly growing into a very good, exciting game of football between two teams.”

The Spaniard also insisted that the chance to play in the final at Wembley is giving his players all the motivation they need.

“It’s a fantastic position to be in, We all should be excited and looking forward to being in the semi-final of a League Cup. It’s something that we haven’t done that often. We have to believe and have real confidence,” he added.

“I thought the first leg was a terrific game of football and I expect the same thing, in terms of two teams who know each other well and are based on the same principles of wanting to create chances and play attacking football.

“We played them not long ago in the league at the Etihad so we have a clear idea of what we are going to face.

“The opportunity of being so close to a final at Wembley shows that we on the right path and are developing a team that is capable of getting into these positions and situations often. It’s a day that we need to enjoy.

“There will be close to 8,000 of our fans at the Etihad and we have to perform in a manner that makes them proud. These are moments we want to be involved,” he concluded.

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