Manuel Pellegrini believes although Manchester City will have to score goals
Manuel Pellegrini believes although Manchester City will have to score goals in the return leg of the League Cup semi final tie against Everton, it will also be crucial to be solid at the back as the Toffees have got some quality strikers who can capitalize on any bit of mistake.
Everton has already won the first leg by two goals to one. So, for them, even a draw at Etihad will be good enough to get to the final.
But, the Sky Blues, on the other hand, will have to win by a margin of at least two goals to get past their opponents.
Everton has not been able to reach the final of League Cup for more than three decades. So, they would be absolutely pumped up to make the most of the opportunity this time around.
They would know that the situation would be tricky for City when they take the and they would be looking to put the foot on the pedal right away.
Pellegrini accepted in the pre match media briefing that Everton would perhaps come into the game with more hunger in comparison to City, but, he also said that his players would not hold back and give it everything.
The Chilean said, “It’s been a long time for them. So, they might be hungrier, but, we are looking to qualify for final as well.”
“We will have to keep a balance. Goals are important for sure, but, defending well is important too. They are a very good attacking side and are capable of scoring goals if given the opportunity.”
City had made it to the League Cup final in the 2013-14 Season as well and had even won it that time.