Pellegrini insists Manchester City will attack at Everton

Date published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 1:53

Manuel Pellgrini: Manager to stick to attacking philiosophy

Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City will go on the attack in search of a crucial away goal in the first-leg of their League Cup semi-final with Everton.

City travel to Goodison Park on Wednesday with neither side renown for their defensive prudence.

While Everton have been shaky at the back this season, they possess some of the most dangerous attacking players in England, especially striker Romelu Lukaku, and Pellegrini admits he will fight fire with fire.

“We will try to play as an offensive team, to create chances and to score the most amount of goals we can,” he said

“We don’t think it will be easy because Everton have conceded goals recently. Every game is different.

“Everton play offensive football and it’s always more difficult to defend because there is more space. If you play near your box and defend it’s easier.”

City – who will be without captain Vincent Kompany once more, as well as striker Wilfried Bony – are looking to regain the trophy after beating Sunderland in the final two years ago.

However, Pellegrini insists he is is only focusing on getting past Everton.

“It’s always better to play away first so you know what you need in the second leg at home,” he said.

“Maybe it’s more important in the Champions League trying not to concede in the home games. It’s important when you’re in a competition to try to win it. We’ve won three games and now we’re in the semi-final.

“We must beat Everton, then we can think about the first title and then we think about the best way to start the FA Cup – we must focus game by game regardless of the competition.”

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the Chilean was also asked on his opinion regarding the situation at Real Madrid after Rafael Benitez was sacked on Monday and replaced by Zinedine Zidane.

Pellegrini was manager at the Bernabeu for 10 months for the 2009-10 season.

“At least I finished the year! I’m sorry for Rafa Benitez, he’s a manager I respect, but I’m not surprised,” he said.

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