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Ossie Inspired

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Leon Osman says Roberto Martinez's training methods have been a breath of fresh air.

Everton are entering an exciting new era under the Spaniard after over a decade of steady progress under David Moyes.

Osman, 32, explained that Martinez's arrival has lead to a change in the type of training the players take part in - and that there has been a hugely positive response.

He said: "We have been doing bits in training and games which is similar to last year - but also bringing in some of the manager's new ideas.

"It's been new, it's been challenging but it's been good. It's different to learn new systems; we are learning how the manager likes to play three at the back at the minute, to complement how we play with four at the back."

The England international was modest when asked whether his own strengths were well suited to the new manager's ideals, instead preferring to look at the bigger picture of Everton's pre-season preparation.

He continued: "I don't know. I just try to go out there and play well every game. We do preseason every year and build up in opposition but this tournament s has some fantastic teams and every game is going to be tough.

"You want to play against top players and we are certainly going to be doing this over the next 10 days or so.

"We thoroughly enjoy being away on tour but ultimately it's about being ready for the first game of the season - we are certainly looking forward to that."

The new Premier League campaign is less than three weeks away - and there's still time to purchase your season ticket for Roberto Martinez's first year at the Goodison Park helm. Click here to book your seat for 2013/14 now.

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