Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has underlined why Everton will be pumped up for the two sides’ Premier League clash on Saturday.
The Toffees are currently fifth in the league table with 69 points from 36 matches and are fighting for a top-four finish.
The Merseyside outfit are four points behind Arsenal, who are fourth, and need the Gunners to drop points in their final two matches in order to stand a chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
And that is why Pellegrini believes that winning at Goodison Park will not be easy. City are in the running for the title and control their own destiny: if they win their final three games, then they will lift the trophy as they have a better goal difference than Liverpool, who are currently at the top of the standings.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have picked up 80 points from their 36 matches in the Premier League, while Chelsea are two points behind in second place. City are three points off the pace in third, but they have a game in hand.
However, in what has been a scintillating title race in the English top flight, there could yet be more twists and turns, and City need to make sure that they do not slip up against Everton, who have won 13, drawn three and lost just two of their home games in the league this season.
Pellegrini has admitted that Everton will not be easy to beat on Saturday and has said that he admires the way they play.
‘I think Everton at any stage of the season will always be a difficult team’, he told reporters on Friday. ‘They play very well, Roberto [Martinez] is doing a very good job there, the same way he did before at Wigan [Athletic].
'He is playing for Champions League, Europa League. We don't expect anything at Everton. We are sure we are going to have a very tough game there’.