Everton v Young Boys preview
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Everton FC defend a 4-1 lead at home to BSC Young Boys but Roberto Martínez has ruled out any complacency against a Swiss side boosted by a fine weekend result.
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A heaviest ever home defeat in the competition means BSC Young Boys need something special if they are to turn around their round of 32 tie with Everton FC, the Swiss side needing to win – and heavily – on English soil for the first time in their history, but they are not giving up and the home side are not complacent.
What they say
Everton manager Roberto Martínez: "[Complacency] is a huge problem and we don't look to go into the game in any other manner than the way we approached last Thursday, respecting this Young Boys side – they're full of attacking football. I admire the way they prepare for the games. Against Basel at the weekend they were 3-0 up after 50 minutes and they were really, really good in everything they did. I expect exactly the same level of performance. We're going to be exactly the same."
Uli Forte, Young Boys coach: "You always believe that you are able to turn around the match, but we know that it will be very difficult. Everton has a very good squad. They played very well in Berne, and now they are at home, so it will be a very tough game for us. But we never leave it alone. We will give it our best and see what happens. It makes you more confident when you win against the leaders in your league [against FC Basel 1893 at the weekend], especially given the way we played. We will try to do the same tomorrow, but we know it will be very difficult."
• The sides met for the first time last week, in what was Everton's first encounter with Swiss opponents. Romelu Lukaku registered a hat-trick as the Toffees came from behind to record a 4-1 win in the Stade de Suisse.
• YB's five previous games against English sides include two 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage matches against Everton's neighbours Liverpool FC – a 5-3 home defeat and a 2-2 draw on Merseyside.
• That draw and an earlier 4-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur FC mean YB have yet to win in England.
• Everton won their first two UEFA Europa League home games this season by three-goal margins but slipped up with a 1-0 loss to FK Krasondar in their most recent Goodison Park game in the competition.
• YB's away record in Europe this season is W2 D1 L2.
• YB last reached the round of 32 in 2010/11 when they bowed out to FC Zenit. They have not won a two-legged European tie in the springtime since the 1958/59 campaign, overcoming FC Wismut Aue en route to the European Champion Clubs' Cup semi-finals.
• Everton lost out to Sporting Clube de Portugal in their last UEFA Europa League round of 32 assignment in 2009/10. They made it to the round of 16 in 2007/08, beating SK Brann 8-1 on aggregate in the last 32.
Trivia and links
• YB's Swiss international right-back Scott Sutter was born and raised in England, moving to Switzerland – his father's home country – in 2002. He was a childhood Tottenham fan.
• Everton midfielder Gareth Barry made his 50th UEFA club competition appearance against YB in the first leg.
• Young Boys are one of five sides to have advanced from the third qualifying round to the round of 32 along with Club Brugge KV, FC Dinamo Moskva, PSV Eindhoven and Torino FC.
• Everton's attack-minded Spanish manager Roberto Martínez was a midfielder in the English lower leagues with the likes of Wigan Athletic FC and Swansea City AFC, and coached both clubs with notable success, winning the 2012/13 FA Cup with the Latics before being installed at Everton in June 2013.
• A one-time central defender, Young Boys coach Uli Forte is enjoying his first foray in Europe. Having moved into coaching as player-manager at FC Red Star Zürich, he took charge of FC Wil 1900, FC St Gallen and Grasshopper Club Zürich before taking command at Young Boys in 2013.