By James Wood

18th Feb, 2021 | 7:28am

Carlo Ancelotti: Everton should have 'no regrets' from 3-1 loss v Manchester City

Carlo Ancelotti claims his Everton side can have no regrets as they were defeated 3-1 at Goodison Park by first-placed Manchester City on Wednesday. 

The Toffees worked hard against the relentless visitors, who eventually ran out winners thanks to goals from Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva. Richarlison had scored a first-half equaliser for the home side but it wasn’t enough to share the points.

Speaking to Amazon Prime after full time, Ancelotti said his side need not have regrets for their display, and instead must focus on winning the Merseyside derby.

He said: “The next game is a great opportunity. We don’t need to have regrets tonight, regrets were against Fulham, not tonight.

“We have to try and get points because it’s a fantastic opportunity and an exciting game.

“We know how important it is for our supporters, we do. We need to try to get a result on Saturday.

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“I think the derby is a special game and also away, we’re on a really good run.”

Looking ahead

This was a completely different performance compared to the woeful display on Sunday.

The players were made to work extremely hard last night as City took up 70% of possession over 90 minutes. In the end that was the undoing, defensively Everton were run down by the lack of time on the ball.

Guardiola’s side are relentless, after all, they opened up a ten-point gap. Ancelotti was right to dismiss the result and instead focus on the weekend.

It’s a massive chance for the club to move ahead of their arch-rivals, boosted by the potential returns of Allan and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The Toffees can move level on points with Liverpool with a game in hand as the hunt for European football heats up. The Reds are there for the taking, but will be boosted by their midweek win over RB Leipzig in Budapest.

Thank god the game is away from home. As Ancelotti said, the away form has been very good. If we are to qualify for Europe we need to liven up at home.

In other Everton news, Celtic can’t afford to buy loanee Jonjoe Kenny on a permanent deal.