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Everton at Leicester City: Roberto Martinez Pre-Match Quotes

Champions are an inspiration says Martinez

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Its that time again. Get your Roberto Martinez press conference bingo cards out at the ready!  Phenomenal...Unique...Moment...House!

The Spaniard gave us the low-down on the team news for Saturday's visit to the King Power,

"We had no knocks or any problems against Bournemouth. The three players we are keeping a close eye on are Seamus Coleman, Gareth Barry and Phil Jagielka."

"It will be difficult to see Gerard Deulofeu in any of the three games we have left," continued the Spaniard. "We are very confident that Jagielka will be available before the end of the season and Barry and Coleman have an outside chance of being involved at the weekend."

Moving onto our hosts, the newly crowned Premier League champions Leicester City, Martinez had plenty to say in his usual positive persona;

"You need to see it as the exception that proves the norm or something that is going to change the landscape of the competitive nature of the league. It's too early to see how that's going to develop."

"What Leicester have achieved is a great inspiration for any team sport and for any group in order to dream high and have huge expectations but I think we need to be realistic that this is not the norm.

"It's something we haven't seen in the modern game and I don't think that's going to be repeated easily."

"For me, they have been deserved winners of the Premier League this season in a very competitive league and clearly they will be playing with that swagger,"

Martinez added.

"We will congratulate them and, from that point on, we will focus on trying to be a team that can perform against them," he told his pre-match press conference.

"They have been a real inspiration in terms of a winning team, and not just in football, throughout sport. To have that intensity and that drive and, against all odds, it has been the real fairy tale of football and sport in general in the modern game.

"From our point of view, we are facing a team who have been playing all season with incredible intensity and tempo. We know we will be facing a team that are probably in the best moment of confidence you could find them.

"Claudio Ranieri deserves incredible plaudits and credit. Everything has been well measured; he has shown real good experience in protecting the squad. I don't think it has been an accident. In a competition of 10 months they are where they are on merit."