Everton boss Roberto Martinez has revealed that the Toffee’s mental strength is vital if they are to secure the final top four spot. Following Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over West Ham, the Gunners are now a point ahead of Everton but have played a game more.
Asked about the psychological battle of football, the Spanish coach said
“It always is, and not just for us but for every team that goes into meaningful games.
“You only decide games on technical, tactical and physical aspects when they don’t mean much.
“When there is a real meaning in every point that you play for, psychologically you need to be very strong, and probably that’s a big advantage that we have, and we’ve shown that in the last seven or eight weeks.
“The team is focused, the football club is focused and we are very much all together fighting for the same aim. Psychologically we’ve got that winning mentality that you need.
“Psychologically we’re taking a very simple approach, trying to give everything that we’ve got and everything we’ve learned over the last 10 months to be as competitive as we can in every game.”
Having seen the work of Doctor Steve Peters at Anfield, many clubs will look towards psychologists to enhance their team’s performances, as psychology proves to be increasingly important in football. One can look at faltering Manchester United as evidence of the psychological power Sir Alex Ferguson had on his side, as they now look disjointed and bewildered under another Scot and former Everton manager David Moyes.
Many fans and neutrals will watch the race for the top four spot, as well as the title, with great excitement as it shapes up to be one of the most entertaining conclusions to the Premier League in recent memory.
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