Martinez Eyes Capital Gains
Boss out to conquer Stamford Bridge.
Roberto Martinez has set his sights on capital gains from the weekend trip to Chelsea.
The Goodison chief is keen for his side to make amends for the frustration of the Club's last trip to London - the 1-0 reverse at Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.
The defeat at White Hart Lane came despite an impressive performance that warranted much more from the contest for the men in Blue.
Now, as his charges prepare to return south for Saturday's encounter with Jose Mourinho's title-chasing outfit, Martinez is using the pain of the Spurs defeat as fuel for the Stamford Bridge contest.
He told evertontv: "We were left with a feeling of disappointment after the Spurs game because the performance deserved much more than the result. Now we have an opportunity to get that back.
"We want to take the performance we had against Spurs and take it to the next level so we have a positive result at the end of it.
"The support we had at White Hart Lane was fantastic and it would be great to get something at Stamford Bridge to make up for the feeling we were all left with after that game."
The scale of the challenge facing Everton is not lost on Martinez. He has been impressed by Chelsea's recent form and the improvements Mourinho's side have made since their 1-0 loss at Goodison Park earlier in the season.
But while the Everton boss acknowledges the advances made by Chelsea - he points out his own side has made notable progress.
He added: "This (Chelsea) team is stronger than the team we faced at Goodison in September but I would like to think we are stronger as well. It is normal if you are working towards achieving something then the team is going to perform better in February than August and September.
"I would say we now have a greater maturity and understanding in what we are trying to do and how we are playing the game. Chelsea have been growing into a strong force that is capable of winning the title and doing something important in the Champions League and that is the level of the task facing us on Saturday."
Indeed, the Goodison boss is excited by the opportunity of doing what so many sides have failed to do at Chelsea this term - depart with all three points.
He continued: "It is a really big challenge but a great opportunity and we are looking forward to it. We are ready for a tough game.
"We are capable of achieving a positive result at Chelsea - it is not unrealistic. We are now in a period where every game and result is significant and carries a message. The objective is for us to make sure we are ready to perform as well as we can."