Premier League: Everton boss Roberto Martinez hails 'remarkable' season
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has reflected on a 'remarkable' season for the club.
Last Updated: 05/05/14 7:33pm
The Merseyside club are set to finish fifth and clinch a spot in next season's Europa League, despite pushing Arsenal for fourth spot for several months, and the Spaniard believes it's a more realistic step forward for the club.
Everton are three points clear of sixth-placed Tottenham with a seemingly insurmountable goal-difference ahead of their final fixture of the season against Hull City on Sunday, and Martinez is already looking ahead to a crucial summer in which he insists his side must improve once again.
"I think this season is an incredible platform for us. To get the opportunity to finish fifth is a remarkable achievement," Martinez told Sky Sports News.
"Champions League football has to be the target and maybe we need a little bit of a period to get there. We want to finish this season strongly and if we can get into European competition it would be a more realistic first step.
"If we can achieve Europe then it will a busy summer to ensure we don't lose all the things that we've shown this campaign - that will be the most important aspect of the summer."
Martinez has guided Everton to 20 wins from 37 games and their highest ever Premier League points total, whilst overseeing the integration of young talents such as Ross Barkley and John Stones.
"This team has been built over many years of good work. We've kept that and now we need to take it another step further," the former Wigan Athletic boss said.
"The most impressive aspect is the way we have played - the flexibility we've had, the youngsters coming in and making an incredible impact and the senior figures showing incredible levels of performances."