Despite the loss, Roberto Martinez has seen his team secure fifth place and a European spot—a fine return in the Spaniard's first season at Goodison Park.
With the destination of the title still in Manchester City's hands, Pellegrini noted what a tough match his team had come through, per the Daily Mail's Kieran Gill:
Manuel Pellegrini says "I think it was a great big test" and "we were sure we had to play a good game against a good team"— Kieran Gill (@kie1410) May 3, 2014
The win came at a cost, as noted by Ian Herbert of The Independent:
Manuel Pellegrini says he does not know if Sergio Aguero will play again this season #mcfc— ian herbert (@ianherbs) May 3, 2014
And the Premier League noted Pellegrini's cautious tone:
Manuel Pellegrini calls victory at Everton "a big step" but adds: "the worst thing we could do is to think we've won [the League]" #EVEMCI— Premier League (@premierleague) May 3, 2014
Roberto Martinez was disappointed to lose the match but still took the positives, per the Premier League:
"You don't like to lose football games. But from every angle you look at it, this season has been a success" - @Everton's Roberto Martinez— Premier League (@premierleague) May 3, 2014
Kieran Gill also noted his comments on the tactical side:
Roberto Martinez is here. He says it was a "fascinating game if you want to look at it from a tactical point of view".— Kieran Gill (@kie1410) May 3, 2014
Perhaps a little irked at the suggestion that Everton might try to deliberately lose the game, enabling City to pip Liverpool to the title, Martinez spoke on the allegations, via Oliver Kay of The Times:
Roberto Martinez very dismissive - rightly - of questions re Everton's integrity: "Our intention to win this game was clear"— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) May 3, 2014
In order for Everton to benefit in Europe, chairman Bill Kenwright must back Martinez to the hilt in the transfer market.
Worryingly, both Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu belong to Chelsea and Barcelona, respectively, and it will take all of Martinez's powers of persuasion to get both back on Merseyside for the next campaign.
Martinez himself had much to say about his players—especially Ross Barkley, via Alex Richards:
Roberto Martinez extremely complimentary about Ross Barkley tonight: "Phenomenal...The best English talent I have seen." #EFC— Alex Richards (@AA_Richards) May 3, 2014
Such a talented young group of players can go far, and it will be interesting to see Martinez's development as a manager as a tiring Europa League campaign takes its toll on his players.
David Woods of the Daily Star is in no doubt that Martinez deserves the Manager of the Year accolade for his sterling work:
[Y]ou have to admire the man, and his deep-routed belief in a patient, possession-based, passing game, which he quickly got his players buying into.
He also knows a good loan deal when he sees one, striking gold, in particular, with Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu and Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku.
So while other bosses - like Manuel Pellegrini, Jose Mourinho and Rodgers - might be getting most of the acclaim, my vote goes to Martinez, who, coincidentally, has done extremely well to avoid any controversy this season, or any other year for that matter.
Manuel Pellegrini has the luxury of almost being able to pick from the best players in the world to strengthen his squad. There are still suggestions of a world-record bid for Lionel Messi, per Football Espana, which signifies the club's intent if nothing else.
A sound campaign in all competitions during his first season is a wonderful platform from which to build. Pellegrini will have learnt much in his first 12 months in England and can take that experience forward.
With continued success demanded, the affable, studious and calm Chilean is just the man for the job.