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Roberto Martinez ready to make his Goodison Park debut

Everton's new head coach will take charge of his first match at home as the Toffees host Real Betis in their final preseason match.

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Roberto Martinez will step onto the hallowed pitch of Goodison Park for the first time as the Everton manager as the Toffees welcome Real Betis on Sunday for the final preseason match before the EPL kicks off next weekend.

Martinez is excited -- as you might expect -- and spoke with the Liverpool Echo about the special nature of the upcoming experience.

"It's about the players first not the manager, but of course I'll be a proud man. It's going to be something I'll remember for the rest of my life."

"It's about what we do in terms of our final preparations for the season. About helping each other and continuing to test partnerships and combinations. It's also about helping each other and being patient because there are many things which are going to take time."

"The supporters have been magnificent so far and that togetherness is important and I can't wait to feel that at Goodison Park."

Martinez and Everton have just returned from the United States and participating in the inaugural International Champions Cup. The Toffees defeated Juventus on penalties but lost to Real Madrid and Valencia, but the results weren't nearly as important as the experience.

Martinez is working hard to adapt his players to a new formation and more more passing/possession based system and the quality of competition Everton have faced during the preseason will definitely be beneficial in the long term.

As for any clues about his opening day lineup against Norwich, Martinez would offer any clues.

"It's too early to say the team I name will be the team for Norwich," he said. "We're still looking for those partnerships. I've got a lot of information from the USA."

"We've done well and because we've played top sides we've been punished when we've made mistakes. I want to see the players competing for places and we'll see where they are in terms of form before we decide about Norwich"

The match kicks at 3:00pm local time on Sunday.

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