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What The Papers Say - 13 December

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Friday’s newspapers look ahead to Everton’s meeting with Fulham at Goodison Park.

The Blues are hunting for their eighth Premier League win of the season this weekend – but Gareth Barry, speaking in the Liverpool Echo, insists it won’t be plain sailing against the lowly Cottagers.

Also in the Echo, Roberto Martinez has been recalling the days when he used to watch and admire mercurial playmakers Bernd Schuster and Emilio Butragueno showcasing their skills for Barcelona and Real Madrid. The Blues boss explains that he wants his own players to display their footballing 'arrogance', like the aforementioned duo.

The Daily Express features an exclusive interview with Bryan Oviedo who says England should not write Costa Rica off ahead of next summer’s World Cup showdown between the nations.

In the Daily Mail, Ross Barkley has been speaking about how he embraces the comparisons that have been made between him and Paul Gascoigne.

Barkley is also mentioned in the Guardian and Daily Star, with both papers claiming that the midfielder is set to be offered an improved contract at Goodison Park.

Elsewhere, the Daily Telegraph are linking Everton with a move for Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand.

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  • Saturday, 18:02

    REACTION: Roberto Martinez said his side paid the price for poor defending following the defeat at St Mary's: evertonfc.com/news/2014/12/2…

  • Saturday, 17:30

    REPORT: An own goal, plus strikes from Pelle and Yoshida resign the Blues to defeat at St Mary's: evertonfc.com/fixtures/2010-…

  • Saturday, 17:20

    Martinez: “We had a good result on Monday and wanted to follow that up. This is a setback and now we need to get ready for Stoke at home.”

  • Saturday, 17:19

    Martinez: “The way we defended balls and crosses into our box was disappointing. It was a day when nothing went in our favour.#EFC#EFC