Liverpool - It is more than 20 years since Everton last won
a trophy and Roberto Martinez says more silverware is long overdue as his side
prepare for Wednesday's League Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester
The FA Cup in 1995 was the last addition to the trophy
cabinet at Goodison Park, which during the 1980s had also been home to two
league titles and a further FA Cup success in 1984.
That was also the year Everton lost in the final of the
League Cup, going down 1-0 to Liverpool in a replay.
Only once before, seven years previously, had Everton
reached the final of the League Cup, but now they are just two legs of a
semi-final against City away from going back to Wembley to face either
Liverpool or Stoke City.
Martinez's side have reached the last four of the
competition for the first time since 2008 and the Everton manager is determined
to end the trophy drought.
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"I think we are on the right track in having a team
that excites us," Martinez said.
"I truly believe we are not far away from bringing
glory into our football club.
"That's something we want more than anything, to be
able to give our fans a taste of becoming a winning team once again."
Everton are currently 11th in the Premier League after
drawing 1-1 at home to Tottenham on Sunday.
That position does not perhaps reflect the talent Martinez
has in his squad in the shape of England defenders John Stones and Leighton
Baines, Ross Barkley in midfield and 18-goal top scorer Romelu Lukaku in
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City, who won the League Cup and the Premier League in 2014,
will start as favourites and, having won at Watford on Saturday, will have had
an extra day's rest ahead of the first leg on Merseyside.
But despite failing to win at Goodison Park since November,
Baines is hoping to make home advantage count ahead of the return leg at
Eastlands on January 27.
"It's a great place to play in games like that and it's
one to look forward to. It's a really exciting game for us to be involved
in," Baines said.
"It's a busy time for us and so we have to do
everything right on the pitch as well, in terms of recovery and preparation to
make sure we leave no stone unturned and give it everything in order to try and
make it to the final."
City head to Goodison lifted by their first away win in the
Premier League since September as they look to reach the final at Wembley on
Manuel Pellegrini's side are still chasing a possible
quadruple in the League Cup, Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup, with
their campaign in the latter competition due to start at Norwich on Saturday.
But, despite the hectic schedule lying in wait, Brazilian
midfielder Fernandinho, who has started all but two of City's games this
season, insists he doesn't need a rest.
"My body works best when I'm playing all the time, so
when I work more and I play more, I feel better," he said.
"My target is to win the Premier League, the cup
competitions and see how far we can go in Europe.
"I can rest at the end of the season and enjoy time
with my family. That's when I'll recharge my batteries, not before."
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