Ancelotti urges Everton to shift focus as he denies Carabao Cup ‘regrets’

Carlo Ancelotti said he had no regrets about losing to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup, but admitted Everton could have attacked more.

Ancelotti has overseen some steady progress at Everton this season. However, he missed out on the opportunity to guide them further in a cup competition.

Everton conceded two late goals to Manchester United strikers Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial. It means the Toffees drop out of the Carabao Cup at the quarter-final stage.

However, Ancelotti thinks the outcome could have been different.

“We did enough to win,” he told Sky Sports. “Good performance.

“We needed to defend which we did well but more in the second half. We had a difficult start but after 20 minutes the game was under control.

He continued: “We didn’t play enough attacking football but we had to defend and until the last 20 minutes we did that well.

“They had more control, better quality so the game was to defend well which we did. We had some opportunities on the counter-attack but that was the game that we planned.

“We left the position in midfield open too much and after that Cavani’s quality showed and scored a fantastic goal.”

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There were complaints that Cavani should not have been on the pitch after a clash with Yerry Mina earlier in the second half.

Ancelotti, though, denied any opinion on the incident.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I didn’t see the situation with Yerry Mina.”

Ancelotti explains Richarlison situation

Ancelotti had to end the game without Richarlison, who was substituted off after a heavy collision.

The decision was a precautionary measure, Ancelotti confirmed in an update on his condition.

“Knock on his head, he’s fine now fortunately but we will see in the next few days,” he said. “The doctor made the decision to take him off.”

While there may be disappointment about dropping out of the competition, Ancelotti urged his troops to shift their focus quickly to the challenges ahead in the Premier League.

“If you have regrets we are more disappointed,” he added.

“We don’t need to have regrets because the team performed well, sacrificed, worked hard and yes we lost but we look forward to the next game.”

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