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Everton prepared for artificial Young Boys pitch - Martinez

Roberto Martinez admits Everton do not have ideal conditions for their clash with BSC Young Boys but is confident they have prepared well.

The Toffees take on the Swiss club in the Europa League 32 first leg at the Stade de Suisse in Bern on Thursday night and Martinez has indicated that are a few worries about playing on an artificial pitch.

However, the Spaniard is confident that the playing group will be able to cope with the foreign environment as they look to record a positive result before coming back to Goodison Park for the return bout next week.

"It is a completely different surface and obviously the home team are used to it," Martinez told reporters. "But we have prepared accordingly.

"The recovery time after playing on this surface takes longer so we have to manage the squad accordingly but we have strength in depth.

"There is no change to our mentality. We have approached each game individually. The game is a unique one."

Martinez is well aware of the form of Uli Forte's Young Boys, who have strung a number of wins together recently, and is expecting a very difficult encounter in the Swiss capital.

"I have been impressed and surprised with Young Boys' form. They have won eight of their last nine," he added.

"They use the astroturf well. They have been very strong in Europe, particularly at home. We know they are going to be very tough."

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