The Blues face the newly-promoted Hornets at Goodison Park on Saturday before taking on three of last season's most impressive teams in the form of Southampton, Manchester City and Tottenham and the manager admits it represents a difficult start.
“The fixture list hasn’t been too kind to us but we are ready to face a strong challenge in the first 10 games – we face seven of the top 10 sides in the league from the last campaign," he told the media at his first pre-match press conference of the campaign this morning.
“As a team we have to achieve, be successful and do a lot better in the league than we did in the last campaign.
“Last season we wanted to win games early on but we never got that momentum. The experiences of last season will help us immensely.
“I am very excited with the feeling in the dressing room and we know that every game at home we are going to make it a really special place to play our football."
Everton go into the season opener sweating on the fitness of Lukaku, though, who was withdrawn after just half an hour of the second friendly in Scotland against Dundee 10 days ago.
The Belgian appeared to be complaining of hamstring trouble but Martinez insisted at the time that it was just "heavy legs" following a more intense pre-season than the one in 2014. He explained today that Lukaku will be assessed over the next 48 hours to determine if he is fit enough to play.
There was better news regarding John Stones and Kevin Mirallas, however, with both players expected to shake off ankle knocks sustained against Villarreal on Sunday to line up against Watford, while Gerard Deulofeu has "a chance" of being included in the matchday squad if he recovers fully from a hamstring injury in time.
Meanwhile, the Catalan reiterated his need for three more signings before he would feel the squad is completely where it needs to be.
“We’ve given a lot of youngsters a good opportunity and we were able to stretch the squad with two games back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday," he said.
“We know exactly where we are and what we need, which is three players to bring into the squad."
Quotes sourced from Everton FC.com
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1 Posted 06/08/2015 at 14:56:49
5 Posted 06/08/2015 at 15:26:48
We have only got one striker, the midfield has no creativity and lacks balance, we have more injured players than any other club, we were lucky not to get done by three or four on Saturday, and we look no closer to bringing in reinforcements. The fans are somewhat apathetic to the tepid football on display; oh, and we are skint.
Still, despite an upturn in finances afforded by an increase in TV money, Stones to Chelsea / Man Utd / Man City has been a distraction.
Oh and then there are the rumours of James McCarthy being unhappy with the lack of new deal on offer and bids for KM, who is our secondary goal threat.
But other than that yeah, ready to rumble...... Well, ready to grumble.
6 Posted 06/08/2015 at 15:28:14
We certainly are not ready, we only improved when we had a target man who was prepared to have a real go at the opposing players; Wayne is not our player and that is one thing we missed.
We had Duncan come on for a cameo and again improved things, but with him his playing 90 minutes are over.
Roberto does not look at the vote that's taking place on ToffeeWeb where he would find out how many fans think we are ready. Oh, I wish we were ready...
7 Posted 06/08/2015 at 15:32:53
9 Posted 06/08/2015 at 15:43:18
11 Posted 06/08/2015 at 15:50:38
Would be nice if we could just get the players we're interested in for pre-season, if only to see how we'd start the 1st half of the season with a full squad plus backup for injuries.
12 Posted 06/08/2015 at 16:00:55
Let's see what happens. Lukaku or not.
16 Posted 06/08/2015 at 16:25:50
Expensive experienced replacement for Stones nailed on (Evans). No idea who else we have in mind but hopefully it's another proper Striker in the 㾶-15m range and maybe a really shrewd loan signing to play in the hole, with a view to buy. I could actually see us getting the likes of Shaquiri on loan.
If the rumors of Jimmy & Kev putting pen to paper on new deals are true I would see that as a very good sign that something positive may be about to happen.
17 Posted 06/08/2015 at 16:33:24
You made the right choice. Think I'll join you next year. I'm going to judge playing performances from Saturday onwards and transfer performance at the end of the window. I'll leave the speculation to the experts.
18 Posted 06/08/2015 at 16:35:05
19 Posted 06/08/2015 at 16:47:31
If we get Shaqiri, he will be on the bench all season. I watched him the few times he played for Inter last season and he was awful. He looked like a player who has forgotten what he can be good at -- beating a man and crossing.
Every time time he got the ball, he ran infield and into trouble; every time he didn't have the ball, he wandered in field and was easily marked. He offered no width, no threat and was no use.
20 Posted 06/08/2015 at 16:49:35
We could probably sum it all up half a dozen lines:
Roberto is crap (more than Moyes). Give him x more games.
Bill is crap (still): where's the money? where's the new ground? where's the new investor?
Osman et al are crap - get rid.
We're linked to x and y - sign them.
Why do we always leave it late in the transfer market.
Pres-season results crap.
This season will be crap. We're doomed.
Or contrary / self-moderated views. Have I missed anything?
22 Posted 06/08/2015 at 16:58:08
23 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:01:24
The delusion among Everton management is catching.
Bill is "our best salesman".
Roberto is.. well just "phenomenal".
24 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:04:00
25 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:08:32
Anyway, getting off the point here. My opinion is we'll see Stones go and get in 2-3 significant signings and one loan of a talented player -- lost his way a bit -- type. Deadline day will be great this year.
26 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:29:24
27 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:42:06
How do you spell one big sigh, herrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhhh?
28 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:02:41
On August 1st he gave a statement that, "From a medical point of view, he is fully fit". He followed that up with a comment that I find more confusing: "It is just a case of making sure we give him a good introduction to work with the group, because he has not had a chance to do that yet."
Another one of his quotes I find strange is in an interview with the Daily Mail, in 2012, he is alleged to have said. "I always believe every injury can be avoided plus, I don't believe in soft-tissue injuries. If you get a soft-tissue injury playing football, a mistake has been made."
As Mr Martinez is in charge, as the fitness programmer at Everton, with the amount of pre-season injuries, maybe he should have a good at what is wrong, as prevention is sometimes easier than the problem.
29 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:09:08
30 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:09:30
Could be a bluff I guess, mind games with the mighty Watford....
If he's not 100% please do not risk him. Last thing we need is Rom being out for 1-2 months!
31 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:15:33
32 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:26:00
33 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:49:31
I guess that means we will move onto prolific striker No 2. With 1 goal in 2 years, we make as well player Hibbert at No 9 for what Kone offers.
34 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:54:23
35 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:58:10
Hibbert is out for 10 weeks.
36 Posted 06/08/2015 at 20:40:40
37 Posted 06/08/2015 at 21:47:18
38 Posted 06/08/2015 at 22:00:59
39 Posted 06/08/2015 at 22:59:13
Can someone please explain how Stoke City are eyeing up better talent, have got better contacts at Barcelona, and are spending more money than Everton FC!
40 Posted 06/08/2015 at 23:18:42
41 Posted 07/08/2015 at 01:54:22
But if Lukaku had been able to complete 90 mins against Watford, we could and would have swallowed Roberto's verbal diarrhea. Roberto has to learn to treat us with more respect, we all have eyes, we all understand football and the injuries that come with it, and we can all see when our side is good, poor or average.
The biggest disappointment for me apart from Roberto's piss-poor tactics is his utter disrespect for us as fans. Learn to be honest, Roberto, we are not stupid.
42 Posted 07/08/2015 at 05:37:52
44 Posted 07/08/2015 at 13:04:49
If it turns out Lukaku has indeed suffered a hamstring injury and he has tried to kid us knowing only Kone waits in the wings, then I will be severely pissed off.
45 Posted 07/08/2015 at 13:21:32
My Spanish is shit.
46 Posted 07/08/2015 at 21:41:06
Another reason to keep his mouth shut is perhaps due to the fact that he's not wanting to tell Watford et al that they don't need to train for their game with us with players X, Y & Z in their mindsets, instead they can focus on other tactics and have a better chance of beating us.
I know many of us feel like we "know our stuff", but I am hedging my bets that half of you getting angry don't really know how to manage a football team half as well as you'd like to think you do. Give the man a break; the season hasn't even begun yet!
48 Posted 08/08/2015 at 08:47:01
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