The Toffees have failed to progress beyond the third round of the domestic cup competition under Martinez’s reign so far, and have only progressed beyond the fourth round once in the past 15 years – a run in 2007/08 that saw the Blues knocked out at the semi final stage by Chelsea – with the League Cup eluding Everton throughout their 137 year history
And, having finished as runners up on the two occasions they have made the final, the Spaniard thinks that his current crop of players has the talent and experience now to go one step further and secure one of English football’s major domestic trophies.
“We want to embrace the cup competitions and we’re going to use those this season in order to see how far we can go,” the manager exclusively told evertontv.
“With the League Cup, we know that the past doesn’t work in our favour but I think it’s a really interesting target for us to overturn that and try to find some success in a competition that over the years, for one reason or another, has turned its back to us.
“As a group, we’re ready to be challenged and tested. It’s not just a season where we just want to concentrate on the league, it’s a season where we want to make sure that every competition that we go into we show what we learned last season.”