Summer Schedule Suits Victor
Anichebe ready for the pre-season match action to start.
Everton will travel over 14,000 miles during the course of the next month, playing seven pre-season fixtures.
And Victor Anichebe says the forthcoming itinerary is ideal preparation for the demanding Premier League term that lies ahead.
The Blues start their summer schedule this Sunday, with Austria Vienna the first opponents of Roberto Martinez’s reign.
Everton return from their continental training camp next week and head straight into successive trips to Lancashire to play Accrington Stanley and Blackburn Rovers before jetting across the Atlantic to compete in the glamorous International Champions Cup.
Juventus await in San Francisco with potential clashes against LA Galaxy or Real Madrid in Los Angeles and one of AC Milan, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Valencia to follow in Miami.
Real Betis visit Goodison Park on Sunday 11 August, six days before the Toffees kick off their Premier League season at Carrow Road.
“We’ve got some good games, we seem to always go away to Austria,” Anichebe told evertontv. “It’s good to get away sometimes. You go away and you concentrate on what you have to do.
“It will be nice to go back to America - we’ve got hard games over there. Playing against really good teams we can test ourselves and we can come into the season trying to be as high as possible.
“It will be good for everyone to test themselves against those kind of teams.”
With Arouna Kone and Nikica Jelavic still to link up with the Blues squad, Anichebe is likely to feature at the Generali Arena this Sunday.
The Nigerian revealed to evertonfc.com last week how his summer break had consisted of extra work with a personal trainer to ensure he was fighting fit for the start of pre-season.
Anichebe was a virtual ever-present for the Blues during the second half of the 2012/13 campaign as he amassed 32 appearances in all competitions – his second best total for a season since breaking into the first team frame in 2006.
He finished with eight goals to his name and believes he can better that return this time around – as long as he steers clear of the injuries which have so far blighted his career.
“It’s going to be interesting, the way I finished last season needs to be the minimum this year. I need to build on the good latter stage of the season that I had,” said the 25-year-old.
“I need to try to play as many games as possible, I need to try to get more goals this year and just stay fit, stay confident like I was last year and hopefully if I can do that it will be a good season.
“I don’t place any goals, I don’t place any targets, I just try to stay as fit as possible, try to stay as confident and everything should work out.”
“I was injured towards the start of last season, but towards the end of the season I didn’t really miss a game, I didn’t really miss any training sessions which was pleasing to me.
“For now, I don’t really want to talk about that kind of stuff, I want to forget about it, not talk about injuries anymore.
“I just want to concentrate on trying to play and, hopefully, if I can do that then everything will work out.”
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