Martinez happy to keep Everton top four push alive

Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels their top four tilt is on after edging Swansea City 3-2.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels their top four tilt is on after edging Swansea City 3-2.

Martinez has set his side the target of taking 17 points from their remaining nine matches to see if they can qualify for the Champions League.

A 3-2 victory over Swansea - an eighth successive league win at Goodison Park - lifted the Toffees into fifth place and eight points behind Arsenal, in fourth, with a match in hand.

"The points tally is what excites me. Nine games to go and 54 points - that is a very good return," said the Spaniard.

"This year's competition is as strong as it has been and to get to Europe you will need the highest points tally for a few years, so we need to be perfect and look at ourselves.

"The Europa League is not our aim, our aim is to get as many points as we can.

"Champions League football will be around 71 points - that is our target."

 
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