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Alcaraz Unsurprised By Martinez

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Roberto Martinez's instant impact at Everton came as no surprise to Antolin Alcaraz.

The Paraguay international followed the Spaniard to Goodison Park last summer after spending three years under his leadership with Wigan.

And while Alcaraz himself endured a largely frustrating injury-hit campaign, Martinez led the Blues to a record Premier League points tally and a return to European football.

Having been part of the Latics' FA Cup-winning side of 2013, Alcaraz was already accustomed to his manager's ways before the duo made the move to Merseyside.

And the defender admits he expected Martinez's brand of football to be a hit.

"I'm not surprised in the least that he's had such a successful year," he told evertontv.

"When I arrived at Everton, I was asked questions like what Roberto is like to work with.

"I see Everton as a different set of players and a different Club - almost as a continuation of the work he did at Wigan. The way in which he goes about things has not changed.

"I really appreciate the way he plays football, the style of his passing game with the ball on the floor. His philosophy was one of the reasons why I came to English football with Wigan because of how his side played.

"I'm not trying to dictate and say that's the right way because some people prefer more direct football is just as successful. You can win trophies both ways, but I really enjoy the way Roberto wants to play."

The focus now is on preparing for the season ahead.

The Blues' involvement in the Europa League will mean demands are extended to four competitions, a challenge the squad are relishing.

And indeed, Alcaraz insists the focus is very much on moving forward rather than standing still.

"I think you've always got areas where you can improve things," he added. "The bottom line is to have a continuation of all the good things we have done and progress.

"There are always imperfections in any organisations. Even teams that have won every trophy can still find ways in which they can improve on the previous season's peformance.

"I'm sure Roberto and the coaching staff will all have their plans in place and ideas on how they can move things forward. It's a case of taking all the good things - and there's been plenty of them this season - and combining them alongside the things that didn't work quite so well and improving upon those.

"It's all about getting better in football and how you work to do that."

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