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Saturday 16 December 2017

Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists it is no major surprise that English clubs have struggled in Europe this season because of the domestic demands of the Premier League.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists it is no major surprise that English clubs have struggled in Europe this season because of the domestic demands of the Premier League.

The Toffees were the country's last hope on the continent before a 5-2 loss to Dynamo Kiev in Europe on Thursday night meant they followed Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City in crashing out at the last 16 stage.

It meant that there were no English teams in yesterday's draw for either the Champions League or Europa League quarter-finals for the first time since 1995.

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

"If you look at the top leagues in Europe most of those have got a little break in the winter. I'm not saying that's the difference but it can make a big difference in a squad that is playing domestically two cup competitions, when others are playing one cup competition."

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