Everton FC aim to preserve their unbeaten Premier League record when they visit Manchester City
Martinez’s men aim to preserve their unbeaten Premier League record when visiting a City side that has conceded six goals in the past week after following defeat at Aston Villa with a Champions League mauling at home to Bayern Munich.
Everton have enjoyed a remarkable recent record against their Manchester neighbours, winning nine of their last 12 meetings with four victories coming at the Etihad.
And Martinez – who guided old club Wigan Athletic to a shock FA Cup final success by taking the game to City in May – has no intention of parking the bus against the title favourites.
“You need to be able to be yourself and that will be important at City,” said the Spaniard. “If you think you just need to defend well and defend for 90 minutes, it’s impossible to do that.
“We’ll have to be perfect defensively and have to carry a threat so it’s one of those performances that you need to concentrate on yourself more than the opposition.
“Sometimes you get too carried away thinking about the threat of the opposition and you nullify yourself. We have to realise we have to be as good as we can and then maybe you can compete against them.
“We’ll have to be perfect tactically. Unless you get an advantage tactically you’ll never be able to compete against the top four, that’s the nature of the game.”
Much could depend on in-form Romelu Lukaku, who has been hailed by his manager as a “modern target man” after netting two goals on his first Goodison start in the 3-2 win over Newcastle United on Monday.
“Romelu is not a typical number nine,” says Martinez. “When you see Romelu you think of power, strength and that he’ll hold the ball up for you.
“He is a lot more than that and when you speak to him he just blows you away with his knowledge and the way that he wants to understand the game.
“I think he plays in that manner. He has an incredible awareness. His overall play is not that of a normal target man. He is a modern target man and that excites me.
“There are not many around world football of that type. You have the other type – the clever one with good mobility and good space awareness.
“Then you’ve got the powerful one and he is a mixture which is very, very exciting. He can be as good as he wants to be.”
Lukaku, on a season-long loan from Chelsea, had played a full 90 minutes only nine times in two years since moving to England, but has now completed back-to-back matches following his arrival at Everton.
And Martinez added: “It is like seeing a young man who has now become a proper man with an important role and that’s what we want him to have here.
“That’s why I am excited to see him ready to step up and do that. But it is a new role for him and as a young man, until you are put in that position, you don’t know how you are going to react.
“That’s why I am excited because this is the first time in his career that he is going to take that role so everything is in his hands, really.”
Gareth Barry, on loan from City, is ineligible to face his parent club tomorrow afternoon, while Kevin Mirallas is rated as 50-50 to be available.
With Darron Gibson still working his way back to fitness, Steven Naismith and John Heitinga are both vying for a starting role.