Everton manager, Roberto Martinez, is sure that the poor condition of the pitch in Dynamo Kiev’s stadium is indeed a concern yet the gaffer remains sure that the team will show the best performance even though the pitch will hinder the game, he is just sure that the pitch will be as problematic for one side as the other side in the next forthcoming Europa league fixtures in the last 16 second leg. Instead of training on the poor pitch at the opponent side’s stadium as what the players usually do, Roberto Martinez’s squad determines to have the practice on the running track which surrounds the playing surface, while it is lucky that the turf is covered by some kind of protective sheet. This was what followed the team arrival in Ukraine on Wednesday.
When asked about the condition of the pitch, the Spanish gaffer said at the pre-match press conference that the pitch was a concern for both sides. Dynamo Kiev are known as a technical team and the squad needs, without a doubt, a good pitch. And the team here are exactly in agreement. Both are in favour of good pitch. The manager does not think that it will exert massive and rather disadvantageous impacts on the game of football in as much as the pitch is not going to be as always perfect as most sides expected. He thinks that a bit of embarrassment for the match that the pitch is not in perfect condition. However, he assumes that every player in the squad is to adapt and jibes with the poor condition. “Nothing is going to hinder the team’s performance”, he said.
The tie is well poised of Thursday’s battle, with Everton holding the aggregate of 2-1 from the first match at the Goodison Park having accompanied from behind. That previous victory is surely crucial in that it can boost positive energy and confidence in the team during the match and, of course, just before the match. The team battle Dynamo team who poses remarkable home record. In this season, they have gained seven and draw from nine home game they play in the Ukrainian competition in which they hold the lead. It was also at the same stadium that the team scooped victory in all four of the European games there. Everton surely knows that only by securing a draw the away side can get the ticket to the next round. However, that apparently is not going to happen in the upcoming match since the manager claims that the team is not interested in keeping a clean sheet.