Roberto Martinez has claimed that his Everton side have had a good workout on their pre-season tour, which saw them play against Champions League sides: Real Madrid, Juventus and Valencia.
Their visit to the USA culminated in a 1-0 loss to Valencia last night, but the Toffees boss feels that his new team have learned a lot from competing against such quality opposition.
Earlier in the International Champions Cup, the Premier League side overcame European giants Juventus via penalties. A telling Andrea Pirlo miss was followed by an exquisite John Stones chip into the top corner.
That confidence seemingly permeated the entire squad, who are reportedly enjoying training with the recently appointed Martinez. That result was followed by a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid, which was notable for the spirited fight shown by the Blues in the second half, as they pulled a goal back.
At the culmination of their final game on US soil, the new Everton manager spoke to the club's official TV station.
"We played Real Madrid and Juventus and Valencia and it has been an important workout and it has been great for me to get a lot of information on partnerships and individuals in view of the start of the season. From that point of view it has been real success," revealed the FA cup-winning manager.
"This was the moment to face those sorts of games. We worked hard in Austria to get volume in our legs and we came here to really test ourselves as a team and make sure we understand how we need to go about our football. It has been great to see the fans supporting us all the way and meet them."
Despite finishing fourth under David Moyes in the 2004/05 season, Everton have still yet to make it to the Champions League group stages, something that they will aspire to do under the direction of Roberto Martinez.
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