Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v Watford

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Elland Road

Last Game

Leeds 2 - 0 Everton

Saturday, 01 August 2015, 15:00

Friendly Match

Martinez hails 'fresh start'

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says Saturday's Sky Live home clash with in-form Chelsea heralds a fresh start to the 2013/14 season.

Last Updated: 14/09/13 at 21:37 Post Comment

Roberto Martinez: A new start at Everton

Roberto Martinez: A new start at Everton

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

With the dust finally settled following the end of the transfer window, Martinez believes a new calm has settled over the club.

Although Marouane Fellaini left Goodison Park to join Manchester United, another Red Devils target Leighton Baines remains on Merseyside, with Everton successfully capturing Gareth Barry, James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku on transfer deadline day.

Martinez said: "We feel it is a fresh start for us. The moment the window closed it felt a completely different environment around the football club.

"There is a real focus, it seems somehow the season starts now.

"Looking at where we are, I think we have done many good things in the previous three games but there is no hiding from the fact we are in need of points.

"Whenever you play a home game you take that as a real opportunity."

The Toffees have drawn all three of their league games so far, and looking ahead to Chelsea, Martinez added: "We know they are a terrific team and they have got a real mature way of playing.

"But we are playing at home and we want to accept that responsibility that we need to get points and get our season started.

"Whoever is going to play against Chelsea this season is going to have a real test.

"It will take a lot to beat them. They are unbeaten, they have already visited

Old Trafford and been involved in a European competition.

"But we want that pressure. Goodison has been a terrific place to play our football and we want that to continue."

Watch Everton v Chelsea live on Sky Sports 1, kick-off at 5.30pm on Saturday.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's wrong to be making a joke out of Bender's name at the expense of gay people. It's the kind of childish, uncivilised thing that Football365 would deride and ridicule if it was another media outlet saying. Why is there a need for jokes like this? Does it make your writers feel like men? F365 might suggest that I 'lighten up', but it is genuinely traumatic for people who have been oppressed all their lives to be the butt of jokes, and to be told...

anamsport
The Beeriod Gossip

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

Footer 365

Arsenal 1 Chelsea 0: Gunners win Community Shield

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored as Arsenal won the Community Shield with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea, with Arsene Wenger finally beating Jose Mourinho.

Angel Di Maria poised for medical ahead of move to PSG

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria is expected to undergo a medical in the next 24 hours ahead of a move to PSG.

Mourinho plans to manage into his 70s

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes he is a better manager than he was 10 years ago - and he wants to continue until he's in his 70s.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company