Roberto Martinez insists there´s no other game in world football that can compare to the Merseyside Derby as he prepares Everton to host Liverpool at Goodison Park on Saturday

Martinez: “I´ve heard many stories and I know that the derby on Merseyside is quite unique and special, so I don´t think it should be compared to any other in world football,”

“It is a massive game. First and foremost it is a glamorous game.

“It is one of those games that is followed worldwide and the significance, the history, the passion is all reflected in the game, but I think this one is even more important.

“It´s got the footballing significance because both teams are in the top six, both teams had a very strong start to the season and then you´re looking at the derby itself as an important game.

“All in all, as good as a game of football can get.”

Martinez was linked with the manager´s job at Liverpool prior to Brendan Rodgers´ appointment, but revealed he had no regrets over not moving to Anfield.

“There is no time to look back,” he continued. “The reality is that I´m so proud and honoured to be the manager of Everton and really excited to experience the Merseyside derby.

“Things happen for a reason. Everything is meant to happen.

“All that matters is what happens and what the future brings.”


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