Last Updated: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:01
Everton boss Roberto Martinez is looking ahead to the derby clash with Liverpool but says he can not start to plan until next week.
Martinez has the international break to contend with and most of his players are away with their respective countries so, despite it being his first Merseyside derby, Martinez can not start his preparations until after the international weekend has come and gone.
"I can't really look forward (to the derby) yet, because we are losing 12 players with the Under-21s and the senior players," said Martinez.
"It is one of those situations where you keep your fingers crossed and hope that everything goes well.
"But you can imagine. All the fans have made it clear that they are excited about the derby. It's a special game, and I can't wait to feel Goodison Park at its best."
Meanwhile Martinez has again thanked the fans and everyone who works at the club for they way they have accepted him and made him feel at home.
He said: "I have said before that it has felt very natural from day one. I need to thank everyone who works at the club, and the fans, who have made it so easy for me to be part of the football club.
"Once you find out about the history of this club, it is very easy to feel part of it. It's special.
"Now I want it to carry on, and for us to keep winning games and make sure we can achieve something special."
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