Next Match:

VfL Wolfsburg (A) Thu 27 Nov 2014, 18:00, Europa League

Confeds Duty Excited Martinez

by Hamish Dufton @efchamishdufton

Everton v QPR
Tickets on general sale now. To buy, click here or call 0871 663 18780871 663 1878.
Alternatively, visit the Goodison Park Box Office, Everton Two or TicketQuarter.

Despite his fellow countrymen’s final heartbreak, Roberto Martinez insists he enjoyed his opportunity to cover the recent Confederations Cup.

The Everton boss was an in-studio pundit for ESPN’s coverage of the tournament out in Brazil and watched on as the hosts claimed the title after defeating Spain 3-0.

That result, however, failed to dampen his enjoyment of the eight-team competition that preludes the World Cup.

Speaking to evertontv, the Spaniard said: “It was a very exciting tournament, I must admit. It's one of those events where you don't know how the teams are going to approach it - especially the European sides.

“I was very surprised in the manner that Italy and Spain did, with a real desire to win the trophy. You always expect the home nation and the other Confederations winners to take it very seriously, but I was very impressed with the manner that the whole tournament displayed outstanding moments.”

On the final itself, he added: “I'm sure everyone enjoyed the final. It was one of those moments where you need to appreciate the good things Brazil did that day.

“It's accepted that now when you play Spain, everyone focuses a bit more on the opposition to see what they have done to try to stop the dominance of this Spanish side. When you look at the game from that point of view, you don't become a fan, what you do is appreciate what Brazil did on the day to make Spain look a little bit lost and like a team that had few answers to what Brazil showed.
“Clearly, it's given them fantastic preparation towards the World Cup in a year's time.”

Related Tags



View More
  • Martinez And Osman Press Conference
  • Wolfsburg Preview
  • Highlights: Everton U21s 1-1 Celtic U21s
  • Distin: A Deserved Win
  • Roberto's Reaction
  • Lukaku's Pre-Match Thoughts


View More
  • Today, 09:43

    PAPERS: Boss and Osman defend Barkley, while Martinez hails return of Kone…

  • Today, 08:46

    Three years ago today, the football world lost a true great. RIP Gary Speed, gone but never forgotten.

  • Today, 08:04

    BLUES ON TOUR: Don’t forget the Volkswagen Arena is a cashless stadium so get your pre-paid card sorted before you go in.

  • Today, 08:02

    BLUES ON TOUR: There are only a small number of turnstiles in the away section, searching will take place so supporters should arrive early.