The Blues are slightly behind West Ham in Uefa's table that ranks teams by a complicated formula affected by things like disciplinary record, attitude towards match officials, attacking intent and the two clubs meet each other at Upton Park this weekend in a Premier League fixture that could decide which team gets England's place.
Given the very early start date — the first qualifying round would more or less coincide with the players' return to pre-season training — and the potential for far-flung away trips, some have half-jokingly questioned whether the Blues and Hammers will kick lumps out of each other in a bid to avoid winning the place.
Martinez dealt with that question after Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Sunderland by insisting that the club would accept any place awarded and use it as an opportunity to blood some of the club's younger players.
“I wouldn't be disappointed," the manager said. "I would love it, and to answer it clearly, if we get awarded a place, we will embrace it and enjoy it as a football club.
“The international players are away until June 17th, so they would not be available for the early rounds. But we have got a lot of young, talented players who have already played in Europe. They are ready for that experience.
“The first four games would be taken in that manner. Then it is part of the preparation for the pre-season work. There is a place in the football club to embrace it — it is a chance for the youngsters to accept the responsibility and see how far they can go in the early round. It doesn't happen every year."
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1 Posted 12/05/2015 at 00:15:52
2 Posted 12/05/2015 at 01:09:03
3 Posted 12/05/2015 at 01:55:31
4 Posted 12/05/2015 at 02:20:55
5 Posted 12/05/2015 at 02:54:42
6 Posted 12/05/2015 at 06:44:15
7 Posted 12/05/2015 at 06:51:22
8 Posted 12/05/2015 at 07:52:05
I hope he does stay now cause he is very entertaining with his press sound bites. He is a walking talking Monty Python sketch.
9 Posted 12/05/2015 at 09:06:42
10 Posted 12/05/2015 at 10:38:07
Remember what was laughingly called our last pre-season we couldnÃ‚t even beat Tranmere!!
ps: Or anyone else for that matter.
11 Posted 12/05/2015 at 10:56:00
12 Posted 12/05/2015 at 11:34:44
The whole thing is a farce. Players will want away rather than face a grueling, draining season playing in Sep Blatters numbskull joke of a competition.
Go abroad and go on the piss, lads, you don’t need a mickey mouse game to drag you there surely?
13 Posted 12/05/2015 at 11:49:31
14 Posted 12/05/2015 at 12:29:02
15 Posted 12/05/2015 at 12:53:21
16 Posted 12/05/2015 at 14:01:57
17 Posted 12/05/2015 at 14:49:27
How does the Fair Play table look after the weekend? Is it a realistic "aim"?
18 Posted 12/05/2015 at 15:20:12
19 Posted 12/05/2015 at 16:14:04
20 Posted 12/05/2015 at 16:30:05
Groundhog day is upon us. Please, please Barry and AN Other Ã‚â€“get sent off ASAP.
21 Posted 12/05/2015 at 16:45:17
Where on god's green earth do you get the notion we will qualify for the CL?
Mind you, you did use the word "Eventually" which could mean any time scale from now too the next millenium.
EL football is a total waste of time and effort, we donÃ‚t have the squad resources to compete on one front never mind four. EL, PL, FA Cup and League Cup, or whatever itÃ‚s latest guise is.
The squad is ageing and we have few resources to strengthen with the quality needed to compete in the above. This, combined with a manager who hasnÃ‚t got a Scooby will equate IMO to another phenomenally disastrous season on all fronts.
I couldnÃ‚t/canÃ‚t take another season of sticky grass soundbites.
22 Posted 12/05/2015 at 16:59:07
You said "Than to finally" which means the same thing I suppose.
23 Posted 12/05/2015 at 19:48:56
I donÃ‚t think such a turnaround is probable but itÃ‚s definitely possible. A great start to next season could have everyone believing again and working hard.
Realistically, we arenÃ‚t going to get in Champions League any time soon but I firmly believe itÃ‚s going to happen at some point within the next 5-10 years and it would be nice if we had a roster full of experienced European campaigners.
24 Posted 12/05/2015 at 22:33:39
I sincerely hope you are right on all fronts, my friend.
CanÃ‚t see it though, mate.
25 Posted 13/05/2015 at 01:31:17
Full focus next season has to be getting off to a better start; the best chance we have of silverware is one of our domestic cups, so I for one really hope we do not qualify for the Europa League and focus instead on winning a more realistic domestic cup.
26 Posted 13/05/2015 at 01:42:23
Because that one place was 7 points adrift of qualification so not really that close.
27 Posted 13/05/2015 at 08:33:10
The extra games, and early start to our season is just what this bunch of players need. Most people only get a couple of weeks off anyway. After the last laughable pre-season, this is just what the doctor ordered.
Also, bollocks to playing the kids, put in the strongest side, and bring kids on once the game is secure. Play the youngsters in the domestic cups, this will reduce the timetable.
It will be a lovely, rhythmic Thursday - Sunday season coming up.
So remember, no silly tackles, no shirt-pulling, and no back-chat. Nolan, Noble, Tomkins & Collins will surely transgress.
Europa, here we come!
28 Posted 13/05/2015 at 14:10:54
The only reason we are in with a shout is the lack of fight in this team has enabled so few bookings. If we get in, it will be a good excuse for Martinez to blame our low league position on next season. What we really need is no Europa, a new manager, and some real pre-season games.
29 Posted 13/05/2015 at 14:48:35
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31 Posted 13/05/2015 at 16:27:28
If we were a bit more savvy in Kiev, we may, just may have got to the semis, and then, who knows. Martinez would have been hailed as a genius, and we would have all been looking forward to launching ourselves upon the big boys, attracting the best players etc, etc. Might be our only way in...
32 Posted 13/05/2015 at 17:24:33
The TV contracts are to increase the next couple years; only question is how much? The top 5-6 are secure enough. However, every other ownership group will be fighting and clawing to get in on all that free income; not only those about to be promoted. Others behind them and at least some demoted this season. The potential numbers are enormous.
Yes, we all want to win something; any piece of silverware. Would be delightful, no doubt of it. It has to wait, though. Too much is at stake. Next seasonÃ‚s 38 games are everything.
33 Posted 13/05/2015 at 18:03:20
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37 Posted 15/05/2015 at 01:41:03
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40 Posted 16/05/2015 at 01:42:02
We were told all season we were getting relegated by all these idiots yet once we got Stones in the team, Jags confidence grew, Martinez got Lennon in and Europa League was over, we look back to the one from last season.
If we avoid Europe, we will be around our usual spot of 6th or 7th unless our bloodsucking board can surprise us all and give the manager the tools to re-shape this squad.
Careful, Scott, that's akin to blasphemy on ToffeeWeb talking about our best Premier League finish under Roberto, I'm surprised you haven't been lynched.
Normally I want us to qualify for Europe but I think it's more important to bring confidence to the club and fanbase by having a decent campaign next season or the reality might be that we could be stuck with a Mark Hughes, Tony Pulis or Allardyce running our club and we would go back to the dark ages.
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