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Martinez: We go to Ukraine to win

martinezEverton boss Roberto Martinez says that his side should not treat the Europa League tie in Kyiv this evening as a second leg tie, but rather as a knock out tie in itself.

The Blues take a 2-1 lead to Ukraine when they face Dynamo Kyiv in the Round of 16 second leg this evening, but Martinez says it would be dangerous to try and protect the slender lead against a side who have proven to be so effective at home.

He said, “I don’t think we should play the game as if it is a second leg of any knockout competition.

“Dynamo Kyiv are unbeaten at home, they are a very strong team with exceptional individuals. I thought we saw at Goodison that players like [Andriy] Yarmolenko, [Miguel] Veloso and [Vitorino] Antunes have real good experience. We want to play the way we have been playing in Europe away from home and make sure that for 80 minutes we try to win the game. Then, for the last 10 minutes if you want to keep the scoreline in mind, it is a bit different.

“ We would never come out trying to protect the lead. We will try to be ourselves. There are no other British teams left in this competition, which shows how difficult it is to progress this far, and we are looking forward to going as far as we can in Europe.”

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