Monday 22 January 2018

Navas: Hard work will put us in final

Navas (p) said:
Navas (p) said: "We will work hard to get through to the final and win the cup" Photo:PA

Jesus Navas believes it will take hard work and intelligence for Manchester City to turn around their League Cup semi-final against Everton.

City were beaten 2-1 in the first leg of the last-four tie at Goodison Park on Wednesday as Navas' second-half equaliser was almost immediately negated by a 78th-minute Romelu Lukaku winner.

The visitors had fought back after Ramiro Funes Mori opened the scoring for the Toffees in first-half injury time but they will have to respond again at the Etihad Stadium on January 27.

City winger Navas said: "We knew this competition the semi-finals are two legs and we know in these kind of situations we need to be clever. We wanted to win here but we conceded two goals and couldn't win.

"But we have the second leg at home and we will work hard to get through to the final and win the cup."

Navas' strike, an excellent left-footed effort to cap a fine counter-attacking move, ended a personal goal drought stretching back 66 matches to September 2014.

The 30-year-old Spaniard was one of City's best performers, with his introduction as a 54th-minute substitute injecting pace and a different attacking dimension into Manuel Pellegrini's at times labouring side.

City now travel to Norwich in the FA Cup third round tomorrow before taking on Everton again, in the Premier League, at home next Wednesday.

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