Does anybody want to reach the Europa League this season?
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Last Europa League campaign
The Toffees last played in the Europa League in 2009/10, the third successive season they had featured in the competition. David Moyes’ side beat Czech outfit Sigma Olomouc in play-off round, before qualifying second behind Benfica in a group also featuring BATE Borisov and AEK Athens. Their run was promptly ended by Portuguese giants Sporting in the first knockout round.
Why they’ll want to be in it
Although they have recently had the Champions League in their sights, at the start of the season Everton would have bitten your hand off for a Europa League place. Although initially disappointed to miss out on the big one, they’d be happy enough to be involved if Arsenal pipped them to a top-four spot. Roberto Martinez, who earned a crack at Europe with Wigan but didn’t hang around long enough to take it, would be particularly keen to test himself against the not-yet-great and the not-quite-as-good of Europe. The men in suits would be keen to raise the profile of the club too.
Why they won’t
The Goodison Park side don’t have the biggest squad, and a taxing European campaign would quite likely have an impact on their domestic performances.