Martinez Highlights Dubai Benefits

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Roberto Martinez says Everton will return from the training camp in Dubai ‘refreshed and refocused’ for a big push in the final third of the season.

The first-team squad and staff flew out on Sunday for a week of work in the warmer climes of the Emirates.

It is the third year in succession that the Everton boss has taken his players away for a mid-season break.

The Blues will return to Merseyside later this week when preparations will continue for next Tuesday’s trip to Aston Villa.

“Last season we went to Qatar and we came back with a very good response in the final third of the season,” Martinez told evertontv. “Two seasons ago, we went to Tenerife and that was also very beneficial.

“Dubai is a different environment with good facilities, so it is going to be the ideal way to prepare for the final third of the season.

“It’s very important and you get the benefit of being together 24 hours a day. First and foremost, you can refocus on the rest of the season. 

“You go into the final third of the campaign mentally refreshed and refocused.”

Players currently working their way back from injury, such as Muhamed Besic, have travelled to Dubai.

The trip also represents an opportunity for Oumar Niasse, who made his debut from the bench at Bournemouth, to further integrate himself into the squad.

Martinez added: “A new face in the group, spending time with all the players, is invaluable. As a footballer, you get more understanding when you interact. You get to know each other and become good friends, so Oumar is going to benefit more than anyone 

“The opportunity of working with players constantly for a period of six or seven days, especially for the players who are coming back from injury who need a bit of extra work, is very important. 

“Other players will need an individual programme, so it’s the perfect opportunity to do all those things with a bit of warm weather training.”

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