Manchester City return to Etihad Stadium on Saturday, in a big Premier League match against Everton that will test the strength of Pep Guardiola's side following the painful loss to Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago.
That was the last we saw from City, and it wasn't good. The Citizens did not look like a Guardiola team at all, which was a worrying sign against one of the top teams in England. City face another great team in Everton, and they need to put on a good performance to prove that the loss to Spurs was more of a bump in the road than anything else.
City players are going into Saturday's match with that exact mindset, according to Brazilian midfielder Fernando, who made it clear the team is working hard in the last few days to rebound from the defeat at White Hart Lane, play well and beat the Toffes this weekend.
“Training has been good and we are looking to responding to our loss at Tottenham. We need to learn from that defeat and return to winning ways again so it’s vital we get back to playing the way we have been. We need to start much better than we did at White Hart Lane and we’re all keen to put that game behind us because we were a long way from our best.
“It’s always a difficult game against Everton but our goal is always the same – to try and win the game and play good football. We are back together now after the international break and looking forward to resuming Premier League matches.
“They’ve started well and have looked really good. They are just four points behind us which is an indication of how good a job Ronald Koeman has done. They have made one or two signings and they have a strong squad so we know they’ll be a threat.”