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Boss Can't Wait For Kick Off

Martinez full of excitement on eve of new season.

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Roberto Martinez says Everton are fully prepared for the new Premier League season.

The Blues have spent the last five weeks equipping themselves for the rigours and demands that lie ahead over the next nine months.

Pre-season opponents have ranged from European heavyweights Real Madrid and Juventus to Blackburn Rovers and Accrington Stanley of the Football League.

And after covering 14,000 miles, playing seven fixtures in three different countries, Martinez is convinced Everton are ready for the curtain-raiser at Carrow Road this Saturday.

“It’s a really exciting time,” he said. “You always work so hard behind the scenes in pre-season and we have been very fortunate because we have worked in different environments in Austria, the USA tour and at Finch Farm. It’s been a really intense time but beneficial.

“Everything is looking forward to the start of the campaign and now it is around the corner. The excitement is building up.

“In the position that we are in now, we are desperate to get the competition started. We had as good a games programme as you are going to get by playing Juventus, Real Madrid, Valencia and Real Betis.

“That really tests you and gives you a real sense of information of what we have got in the dressing room.”

The Blues start the new season with ambitions of bettering last season’s sixth place finish.

But Martinez accepts that the standard in England’s elite division is raising with each passing year.

He continued: “I think the margins are getting smaller. You are going to get four or five teams competing for the title and that’s the only league in which it happens.

“The margins between the rest of the teams are very small and the Championship are producing stronger sides year after year that come into the league and can get points and positive results.

“All in all, it’s getting tougher to achieve your aims and I cannot see that changing.

“The league is getting stronger and better. That’s why it’s so exciting to watch the Premier League.”

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