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Everton boss happy to be title contenders

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has taken the opposite approach to Jose Mourinho and insisted he is happy to be a title contender. 

His side are currently in sixth place, 11 points off table-toppers Chelsea, but in this tighter-than-ever season Martinez is still aiming high, reports Sky Sports.

In recent weeks Mourinho has played down his side's title chances, insisting they are focusing on next season, while Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini made comments refusing to rule Everton out of the title race. 

Martinez told reporters: "Obviously it seems no one wants to win the league. No one wants to come out and say they want to win the league - we are quite happy to want to win the league!

"I think it will be an interesting run from now until the end of the season. There are many aspects which will have an effect: playing in Europe, how domestically the cup pans out."

"Clearly this is an exciting moment of the season; you are working for two thirds of the season to try to get yourself a position to fight for your aim and everything will be decided over the next 12 to 13 weeks.

"This league never stops surprising. A couple of years back you saw a big gap at the top of eight points cut down in a shorter period than this.

"You look throughout the league - fighting for the top, fighting for the Champions League, fighting against relegation - and it is the closest it has been for a long time." 

The Toffees lost only their fourth game of the season on Sunday when they lost to rivals Tottenham 1-0 at White Hart Lane. The defeat leaves them more realistically in a fight for the top four and a place in the Champions League qualifying round, a place they haven't been since 2005, under David Moyes.

They will hope to get back to winning ways tomorrow when they entertain Crystal Palace at Goodison Park as part of a full round of midweek fixtures. Arsenal host Manchester United in the pick of the games.

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