Pep guarded over Toffees threat

20 March 2021 17:42:31 GMTPlus10

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola is wary of the quality of Everton ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final meeting of the two sides at Goodison Park.

The Citizens claimed a 3-1 victory over the Toffees when the two sides met in a Premier League fixture just over a month ago, but Guardiola is taking nothing for granted ahead of the cup rematch.

They're doing well in the league, fighting for qualification for the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola

He told his club's official website: "Different games, competition. It's a final, a few weeks ago it wasn't a final.

"Away, you have to realise how they play, how we can find spaces to attack, control set-pieces because they have a master with Sigurdsson as a taker and tough players like Keane and Mina and Calvert-Lewin.

"The quality of players are there. They're doing well in the league, fighting for qualification for the Champions League. That shows how good they have done this season."

The Citizens are 2/7 to win the game in normal time and are 1/8 to progress to the semi-finals, with City 4/5 to lift the FA Cup this season.

Meanwhile, Everton head coach Carlo Ancelotti has urged his players to focus on their own jobs and not concern themselves with their in-form opponents.

He added: "We have to be focused on what we want to do on the pitch and forget about the quality of Manchester City - everyone knows.

"We have to be focused on ourselves and what we want to do, use a good attitude and a good spirit.

"Man City feels unbeatable in this moment, but in the history of football no team is unbeatable."

Joao Virginia is set to start in goals for the hosts, with Jordan Pickford and Robin Olsen both sidelined by injury.

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