Martinez Wants Consistency

Roberto Martinez believes another outstanding team performance will be required to defeat Manchester City on Sunday.

Everton came away from Southampton with a 3-0 victory last time out, largely thanks to a superb display of counter-attacking football.

A brace from Romelu Lukaku meant it was the Belgian’s name in the headlines - but Martinez believes the overall team display allowed the striker to flourish and wants more of the same against Manuel Pellegrini's side.

“When you perform as a team, you are always going to see certain individuals with enormous talent shining,” he said in his pre-match press conference. “But the key is to perform well as a team.

“I felt that it was very unfair for me to highlight an individual after the game because, as a manager, it was one of those team performances that we look for.

“It is the same with Sunday – if we rely on one or two individuals, we are going to full short.

“It is about making sure the performance of the team is at the same level. Within that, you will see certain individuals show their quality and making a big difference. But the team performance will allow those individuals to shine.”

Martinez believes Everton must become consistent in producing the level of performance shown at St Mary’s if they are to continue their bright start to the season.

The Citizens have made their own excellent start to the campaign with two wins from two and the Blues boss said: “Against City it will be the same as Southampton. We will have to be very good in everything. If you are not very strong throughout every aspect of the performance, you will find playing against Manchester City very tough.

“When we play at Goodison I always feel, with our support, we can take on anyone. So it is one of those games that we look forward to because it is going to be one of the best games that we are going to be involved in this season.

“The Southampton game has given us a clear idea of how we must be on the pitch. We have seen that we can do it, but now it is a case of seeing if we can maintain the levels from last Saturday, week in and week out.”

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