Roberto Martinez believes a total of 71 points will be enough to take Everton to the Champions League, reports the Telegraph.
The Spaniard has been busy calculating the amount of points he believes his side will need to reach their objective, and hopes they will take an average of 1.94 points from their final 11 games of the season, in the hope that they will have already accumulated 50 points.
Martinez takes his side to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United tonight, and claims he would rather see his team play attractive attacking football against the Champions and lose, than be negative and play poorly and get a result.
“To get into the Champions League, I can guarantee what you need to do is get an average of 1.94 points from the last 11 games,” said Martínez.
“That is what we are working towards – getting into that position. Winning at Old Trafford or not is not going to affect being in that position.
“You need to be in a position where you can get around 70 points. If we get 71 points we will be in the Champions League. It doesn’t matter if we are 10th or 15th now. That’s the way it happens.”
When asked to explain why playing well and losing would be better than winning ugly, Martinez explained:
“I want to play well, be the better side and win.
“But, if I had to settle for one of those choices, it would be playing well, being the better side and losing, 100 per cent, because this game is about us being able to perform at Old Trafford and being able to show ourselves that we can compete with teams away from home eye-to-eye.
“Sometimes the result in is the lap of the gods, it can be a bad decision from a referee or a piece of magic from a player. We need to have a substance to our performance so we can take ourselves on to the next level. It’s about the long term.”