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League Cup: Jesus Navas eyes Manchester City resurrection

Man City winger Navas says former EPL champs must lift their game in return leg after Wednesday's 1-2 semi-final first leg loss to Everton

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

Jesus Navas
Jesus Navas

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."

Manchester City's David Silva (in green) tries to get past a host of Everton players during their English League Cup semi-final first leg encounter at Goodison Park in Liverpool on Wednesday. Pic/AFP
Manchester City's David Silva (in green) tries to get past a host of Everton players during their English League Cup semi-final first leg encounter at Goodison Park in Liverpool on Wednesday. Pic/AFP

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.

Navas, who also had a strong penalty claim turned down, said: "I tried to do what Manuel told me to do. Initially that was to get the draw and I managed to get the equaliser. I'm happy with the goal but we couldn't get the victory. The whole team performed well and it is a pity we couldn't win, but we need to focus on the next game."

City now travel to Norwich in the FA Cup third round on Saturday before facing Everton again, in the EPL, at home next Wednesday.

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