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Moyes enjoys busy period

21 Feb 2008 - 08:32:48

Everton manager David Moyes claims he enjoys having a busy schedule of fixtures as it means his squad continues to be involved in important matches.

The Toffees face SK Brann in the second leg of their last-32 UEFA Cup tie at Goodison Park on Thursday night with a 2-0 advantage from the first meeting in Norway last week.

But rather than bemoan the hectic schedule of midweek European games and being involved in the race for a Champions League spot via the Premier League, Moyes has embraced the Merseyside club's current situation.

He said: "It will be tough to go for both - the UEFA Cup and Champions League qualification.

"I know it is a tough schedule with so many games and it is hard for an English club to win the UEFA Cup under the current framework.

"And I know the programme we have got ahead of us but I really hope that we end up playing nearly 60 games this season, and then 60 next season, because that means we will have been successful.

"We are virgin-like really at this level and we are enjoying the competition. It is 15 games to win this tournament, we realise.

"But if that is what it takes, so be it. And I hope it is the same next season. That will tell us we are going in the right direction.

"There is a long way to go but I want to keep having these conversations about full programmes, that is what we want.

"I know what it is going to take, but we will be going for it, we want to move this club forward."

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