Ancelotti strives for perfection against Liverpool to end Everton's derby misery



(Reuters) – Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti said his team had to deliver the perfect match in Liverpool's third round of the FA Cup on Sunday to end two decades of disappointment in the Merseyside derby in Anfield.

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti. REUTERS / Andrew Yates

Everton has not won since September 1999 and was 5-2 in the Premier League this season, causing Marco Silva to be fired as a coach before Ancelotti took command last month.

The win also gives Everton a first win against the European and world champion Liverpool since 2010.

“A normal performance is not enough for them. Everything has to be perfect, ”Ancelotti told reporters on Friday, who celebrated a 2-0 win against Napoli in the Champions League with Napoli in September.

"No mistakes, hard work, sacrifice, intensity. To defeat them, the game must be complete. The best preparation is to focus on what you're doing on the field. Focus on the game. Don't look at other things.

"The last trophy Everton won was the FA Cup (1994-95), so we have to have confidence … Everyone knows how Liverpool play, fantastic counterattack … we have to attack well because you can't defend for 90 minutes and we don't want to. "

Ancelotti is no stranger to derby games, which he played and directed for AC Milan in his troubled career.

"I know how different these games are. Of course, Liverpool is the favorite, but in a derby you never know what will happen, ”added Ancelotti.

“The fact that it is the oldest competition gives it a very special atmosphere. There are many surprises. We are excited about the game.

"The last time I took part in this tournament (as Chelsea manager in 2009/10) I won, so it may be good luck for us."

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Cut by Nick Macfie