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Martinez: Madrid No Distraction

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Robert Martinez insists Everton won't be distracted from their pre-season priorities by the prospect of facing Real Madrid.

Martinez's Blues take on the Spanish side on Saturday after seeing off Juventus on penalties.

But regardless of the big names and glamour associated with the clash - Martinez declared his focus remains on Everton's core summer objectives.

He told evertontv: "It is exciting, especially from the outside; Real Madrid as an institution is always a great fixture.

"But we are still looking internally at what we want to do and what targets we want to achieve. We are still trying to get as fit as we can for the start of the season and a it's a great game to evaluate and try different things on the pitch.

"We had a lot of feedback that the fans really enjoyed the Juventus performance and as we said before, it is a great games programme - but it is pre-season and another chance to get those final tweaks in their performances."

Everton's deserved win over Juventus may have surprised some onlookers but Martinez claims he's not interested solely in taking the scalps of global names.

"It's not out surprising people," he explained. "It's about looking internally and developing a competitive edge for the game against Norwich."

You can watch Everton v Real Madrid on evertontv this Saturday. Kick off is 5pm USA time, 1am (Sunday) UK time, click here to sign up.

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