Everton: Roberto Martinez wants Premier League winter break

Roberto Martinez of Everton
Roberto Martinez's side lost twice in their 10 Europa League games this season

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says a winter break could help Premier League clubs competing in Europe.

The three remaining clubs - Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton - were knocked out this week meaning there is no English sides in the last eight of the Champions League or Europa League.

Martinez believes they are not helped by the demands of the Premier League.

"I think there are aspects there that make it very, very difficult for an English club," the Spaniard said.

"If you look at the top leagues in Europe most of those have got a little break in the winter.

"It can make a big difference in a squad that is playing domestically in two cup competitions, when others are playing one cup competition."

The Toffees were eliminated from the Europa League after a 5-2 defeat to Dynamo Kiev although Martinez refused to blame his defence.

"A couple of times we made defensive mistakes, but there was also some incredible finishing," he said.

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