So far this season, Roberto Martínez has flawlessly executed the basic formula that leads to success as his club defeated Lille 3-0 in Thursday’s Europa League match.
That is, draw your away games even if it means compensating for entertainment; then blow opponents away at home, starting too briskly for any recovery to be possible.
Having held Lille to a scoreless draw in France last month, Everton put the second part of that approach in full operation again in London, with the opposition taken care of as convincingly as Wolfsburg were when Everton thrashed them 4-1 at home in the opening game of the campaign.
The Germans hammered Krasnodar 5-1 on Thursday night, with substitutes Aaron Hunt and Nicklas Bendtner scoring two goals apiece.
The result means Everton need only a draw in their next fixture away to the Bundesliga club to secure qualification with a match to spare from what initially seemed a tricky group.
Martínez spoke of his pleasure at the way his players have “embraced” the mental, physical and technical challenge that comes with European football. He suggested the competition presents a realistic opportunity of silverware.