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Carlo Ancelotti says Everton will do everything they can to ensure they end their three-game league streak without a win by beating their neighbor Liverpool on Saturday.
The Toffees were defeated 3-1 by Manchester City on Wednesday, their second consecutive league defeat. Those defeats come after the dramatic 3-3 draw with Manchester United.
That leaves them seventh in the table and means they have missed a chance to get close to the top four.
But despite its shape, Ancelotti He insists this weekend’s Merseyside derby at Anfield is a “fantastic opportunity” for his team to get back on track.
When asked by Amazon Prime where the loss to City leaves Everton before their encounter with the Reds, Ancelotti said: “We don’t need to regret tonight. The laments were against Fulham, not tonight.
“But we have to try to get points [against Liverpool] because it is a fantastic opportunity and an exciting game.
“We know how important this game is to our fans. We will do everything necessary to try to get the result on Saturday. “
Everton’s loss to the runaway leaders also means they have lost two straight home games. In fact, they don’t have a win in their own patch in their last five league outings there.
But it’s a very different story on the road. They are undefeated in their travels since Nov. 1, winning five and drawing two of their road games since then.
And with that in mind, Ancelotti joked that playing the derby off his own turf could be a good thing.
“I think the derby is a special match,” he added. “And also, we have a very good streak, so we look forward to this [to continue]. “
If they score three points on Saturday, it would be the first time they’ve won at Anfield since 1999. But with Liverpool currently on a three-game losing streak at home, the Blues can imagine their possibilities.
Ancelotti crowned City champion
The Italian manager also believes that Manchester City have already effectively won this season’s title. Your victory in Everton put them 10 points ahead at the top with 14 games to play.
It was also their 17th consecutive win in all competitions, with Pep Guardiola’s team as an unstoppable machine.
When asked if his team had just lost to the champions, Ancelotti said: “I think so. It’s really hard to say any other name than Man City right now.
“They are in a good move. They have a fantastic quality, they have faith, they are strong. We tried to get a strong side for the game but it was difficult against Rodrigo, against [Ruben] Days, [Aymeric] Laporte “.
Then he was asked if City They are the best team he has faced this year, to which he definitely replied: “Yes, absolutely yes. Congratulations to them. “