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Boss: League Wide Open

by Rob Urbani @efc_roburbani

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Roberto Martinez believes the Premier League is more wide open than ever this term.
 
The Blues approach Monday's encounter with Newcastle as the only unbeaten side left in English football's top division.
 
With the new season a little over a month old, it is a fact which illustrates the manager's point.
 
"It is not surprising that there is only one unbeaten team in the Premier League. This is the most competitive league in world football and there are no easy games.
 
"We look back at our first three fixtures and we feel we dropped six points we deserved to take from those matches. But it is important that you always find a way to be competitive and so to be undefeated now is a great label to have and we want to carry that on - we want to extend it and make sure we can learn from each game to try and get the best out of what is a very exciting squad with huge potential."
 
A victory over Newcastle at Goodison on Monday would push the Blues up to fourth in the table. It is a strong position for the Blues to be in so early in a season in which the new manager is continuing to evolve the side's way of playing.
 
He added: "The options we have and the different ways we can play means it can take time but we are in a strong position and we need to make sure we are patient with the talent we have in the dressing room.
 
"You need to concentrate now on how hard the players are working. There is a real feeling that something special can be achieved because everybody is focussed on playing well in order to be in the team. Nobody is guaranteed a place in this side and that is the best way to be.

"If you are a young player developing, you know all you have to do is focus on what you are doing and keep pushing. And if you are an experienced player, you know you can't let your standards drop because they know other players are ready to take that position on.
 
"As we saw against Chelsea, we took advantage of our crowd and we have to make sure we are as strong as we can be with that relationship and if we can be supportive of each other, we will get the rewards at the end of the season."
 
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