Kicking off in East Anglia for an FA Cup Third Round tie less than 42 hours after losing 2-1 in the League Cup semifinal first leg at Goodison Park highlights the difficulty of the current fixture pileup for Manchester City. Injuries continue to mount in the squad and Manager Manuel Pellegrini delivered some team news:
"Willy will play both Cups. For Joe it's good to work one complete week because we are playing so many games.
"Mangala and Bony are both still injured. We will know more tomorrow.
"Vincent is progressing, it's a muscle injury and we must not rush him.
"I think one of most important merits of this squad is to continue being in all the competitions with so many injuries.
"I hope in future we have the normal amount of players."
On the importance of the FA Cup:"I repeat we are going to be focused game by game," he reflected.
"For the moment we continue with the same squad. I trust in the players - in the first four months we could do it so we can again.
"The priority for my team is to try and win every game, it doesn't matter which competition you are in.
"That gives you an ambitious mind and a winning mind."
On David Silva who turns 30 on Friday:
"I think David demonstrates in every game how important he is. He is a different player, so technical, it's a gift to see him play, I hope he continues."