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Boss Enjoying The Journey

by Rob Urbani @efc_roburbani

Roberto Martinez insists he is more interested in the journey than the destination - for the time being at least.
 
The Blues have amassed 34 points in their opening 17 games, leaving them within touching distance of the top of the table at Christmas.
 
But whilst it is an impressive haul only bettered in the Premier League era by a return of 37 points from 18 fixtures in 2004/05 - the season in which David Moyes' men eventually finished fourth - the current manager is more focused on fine-tuning than league placings.
 
He told evertonfc.com: "I've been involved in the Premier League long enough to know that you can't really set aims for the season until you enter the final 10 games. When you're in a position to fight for the final 30 points available, then you can sit down and say what you are fighting for."
 
The exciting prospect for Evertonians is that Martinez doesn't feel his side has yet reached their true potential.
 
He added: "At the moment we are still in the same process we have been in all season - which is trying to fulfill our potential. We are not there yet, there is a lot still to work towards."
 
However, whilst the manager is not too concerned by the table at present - he admits it is hugely satisfying to know the brand of football being played by his side is putting smiles on the faces of Evertonians.
 
He said: "Now is a time for the fans. We've had a lot of feedback from the fans saying how much they are enjoying the team and how proud they are at seeing the team play - and that is the only thing that matters to me. If the fans are proud of the team, then we are happy.
 
"They can look at the table and can enjoy our position in the table but internally from us it is still about reaching little targets and making sure we are developing in the right way."

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