Carlo Ancelotti praised Everton’s ‘spirit’ despite seeing his side lose for the first time under his management, admitting that Man City were deserving winners.
It was far from Manchester City‘s most free-flowing of performances, but after a goalless first-half, a sublime curling effort from Gabriel Jesus gave the hosts the lead, the Brazilian’s curling strike beating Jordan Pickford into the top corner.
Seven minutes later, the reigning champions were two up, Jesus latching onto a well-weighted through ball from Riyad Mahrez, before the 22-year-old slammed the ball home at Pickford’s near post.
In all honesty, City had rarely looked troubled at the back, though a lacklustre pass from error-prone goalkeeper Claudio Bravo handed Everton the opportunity to equalise, Theo Walcott’s drilled effort being duly poked home by the onrushing Richarlison.
However, the Merseysiders would be unable to find an equaliser with the result leaving them in 10th as we approach the end of the hectic festive schedule, and speaking after the game, Ancelotti said he is looking forward to having time to work with his squad.
“Honestly Manchester City played a really good game and we stayed in the game until the end,” Ancelotti told Match of the Day.
“At the end, City deserved to win – they were better than us. We were too shy in the first half, we had the possession but we were not able to find the solutions.
“In the second half we showed good spirit, now we have to look forward for the next game. We have a difficult game now against Liverpool and we have to keep our spirit.
“We need time to work and adjust things which are not good. After that game, we have time to train to be a better team.”
Next up for Ancelotti’s men is a Merseyside derby against their most bitter of rivals, Liverpool, in the third round of the FA Cup, a tournament the Italian won with Chelsea back in 2010.