Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels the fixture list has been unkind to his side but has stressed the Toffees must get momentum going early in their Barclays Premier League campaign.
Martinez's men have to play each of the clubs that finished in last term's top eight within their first 10 games of the new season.
It looks a daunting schedule, but the Spaniard is eager for Everton to get points on the board.
"Looking at the start of the season, probably the fixture list has not been too kind to us," said Martinez, who wants to make three more new signings before the end of the transfer window.
"We need to make sure we are strong enough.
"It is about making sure that as a team we are successful and do a lot better than we did in the league last season. "I think the experiences of the last campaign will help us immensely."
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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is close to a return from injury but manager Roberto Martinez remains cautious about the availability of his player to join England's Under-21 squad next summer.
The 20-year-old, who has yet to play for Everton after sustaining knee ligament damage, is already being touted for a recall to the under-21s to bolster their squad for the 2015 European Championships.
It is not an idea that Martinez appears keen on:
"Ross is coming back from an injury so he hasn't played much football,"
"If the tournament was now it would be a good opportunity for Ross to get some playing time but if it is at the end of a season where he has played consistently for 10 months then he needs to have a break."
Martinez does not believe the growing clamour for young players to gain tournament experience is right despite calls for the likes of Barkley and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling to be parachuted back into the Under -21 squad.
Barkley returned to full training with the squad on Monday and could possibly play against Aston Villa on Saturday.
The man who succeeded David Moyes at Everton has backed him to make a successful return to management.
Roberto Martinez says the whole of football is looking forward to the next chapter in the Scot's career after he was sacked by Manchester United.
Martinez was the man chosen to replace Moyes after he ended his 11 year reign at Goodison Park last season.
And the Spaniard believes it won't be long before we see him back in the dugout again
Everton manager Roberto Martinez says David Moyes will be shown respect from the fans when he returns to Goodison Park for the first time as Manchester United manager on Sunday.
Moyes was in charge at Everton for more than ten years when he left last summer to join United, with Martinez leaving Wigan to replace him.
Everton have a top four finish and Champions League qualification is in their sights, and are now just a point behind Arsenal.
Roberto Martinez told a post-match press conference that their victory against the Gunners was 'a really good memory for everyone at Everton'.
"Yes it was a great performance and yes they were huge points from a psychological point of view, but now we're facing Sunderland at the weekend, and, as you can imagine, if we are not perfect in that game we're not going to get three points.'
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