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Roberto Martinez concerned about Dynamo Kiev's Olympic Stadium

By Phil Medlicott

Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels the poor condition of the pitch at Dynamo Kiev's Olympic Stadium is "a concern" - but he is sure it will be just as problematic for one side as the other in tonight's Europa League last-16 second-leg encounter.

Rather than training on the pitch at their opponents' stadium as they normally would, Martinez's men did a session on the running track surrounding the playing surface - while the turf was covered by a protective sheet - following their arrival in Ukraine on Wednesday.

The Spaniard said: "The pitch is a concern for both teams. Dynamo Kiev are a technical team and they need a good pitch, and we are exactly the same.

"I don't think it will play a big part in terms of giving a favour or advantage to either of the two sides. I think it is a little bit of a shame for the game of football that the pitch is not going to be in perfect condition. But you have to adapt."

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