Roberto Martinez believes this summer’s World Cup is already building up to be one of the most exciting of all time.
Aside from the disappointment of England and Spain’s early exits, the Blues boss has enjoyed the entertainment that has been on offer in Brazil so far.
High profile stars such as Lionel Messi, Neymar, Robin van Persie and Karim Benzema have already left their imprint on the tournament with several outstanding goals.
The public’s imagination has also been captured by some of the football played by the likes of Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ghana and the United States.
Prior to Sunday’s set of group games, 83 goals had been scored in the opening 10 days.
And Martinez expects more thrills and spills as the battle for places in the knockout rounds intensifies.
“It’s been fascinating because from the beginning the real question mark was how the European sides were going to cope against the South American sides and sides from the CONCACAF region," Martinez told evertonfc.com. "The reality is that the European sides have found it very difficult.
“All in all, it is already the best World Cup in terms of goals scored [at this stage]. When you get so many goals in a tournament it makes it an exciting one to watch and one of the most exciting we have ever seen.”
Martinez is currently based in Brazil where he has been working as a pundit for ESPN America’s coverage of the World Cup.
The Spaniard last week made a visit to the England training camp and he also revealed that he has bumped into many Evertonians who have travelled to South America to support the Three Lions.
“It has been great in that respect, to see so many representatives of our club,” added Martinez. “There have been fans all over Rio de Janeiro and at the different grounds, and that has been quite impressive.
“It’s always good to have a chat about our football club in the middle of the World Cup and in the middle of Brazil.”