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Carlo Ancelotti gives his verdict on postponed Manchester City fixture

Carlo Ancelotti

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Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti admits the postponement of Monday’s match against Manchester City could be an advantage for the Toffees when they host West Ham on New Year’s Day. Ancelotti’s men head into the contest having not played since Boxing Day.

The Italian said at a press conference on Wednesday: “The fact that we didn’t play against City, we can have fresh legs against West Ham. It can be for that reason an advantage. The fact that we didn’t play against City, we can have fresh legs against West Ham.”

Monday’s game was postponed due to positive coronavirus cases at City. Confirmation of the postponement came just four hours before the game had been scheduled to kick off.

Asked on Wednesday about the postponement, Ancelotti said: “I think everyone is disappointed we didn’t play the game – I think also Manchester City were disappointed.

“Unfortunately they had (a) problem, the Premier League decided to postpone the game, we have followed the decision and we move forward to the next game. We didn’t receive yet the further information but I think soon we are going to have this.

“The announcement was four hours (before kick-off), we were at the hotel, but I think it doesn’t matter… Also early, it doesn’t change the situation. The situation was quite clear and so we move forward.”


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