Moyes expecting attacking duel
- 16 March 2013 08:49
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
With kick off at Goodison Park just a few hours away, David Moyes is looking forward to an attacking affair, according to this morning’s reports.
While City seek to close the gap on Manchester United at the top, Everton are chasing a European spot and are currently two points behind fifth-placed Arsenal.
Website ESPN reports: "‘Teams come here and they can shut up shop," Moyes told the club's website evertonfc.com.
"‘You have got to break them down but you tend to find that the better teams will have a go and it will make for a bit more of an open game.
"‘I can't for a minute see Manchester City coming here and thinking that they have got to stop Everton. They will look to try and win.’”
However, the Independent’s Rachel Cummins reckons that the Toffees will need to be on top form to emerge with a positive result.
She writes: “After exiting the pitch to an echo of boos last Saturday, the home side will be looking to bounce back from their FA cup defeat to Wigan.
“But with City seemingly back on form and pushing to close the gap at the top, Everton will need to call for a pitch-perfect performance if they are to keep the champions at bay.”
The defender’s omission from the England squad this week has led to him considering a future away from the Etihad Stadium, reports the paper’s Ian Ladyman.
He writes: “Lescott was left out by Roy Hodgson for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro next week after a season of relative inactivity with the Barclays Premier League champions.
“Lescott feels he cannot risk problems at club level interfering with his international aspirations and will reluctantly ask to leave the Etihad at the end of this season.
“With a year left on his contract and City manager Roberto Mancini revealing that he tried to sign another central defender in January, there seems little likelihood that the Italian will stand in Lescott’s way.
“City are likely to ask for a fee in the region of £4million for the 30-year-old — a fraction of the £24m they paid Everton to secure his services in 2010. The Goodison Park outfit and Aston Villa are expected to be interested.”
Elsewhere in the transfer gossip columns, the Express reports that reputed City target Stevan Jovetic would prefer a move to Juventus.
“The Fiorentina hit man was on the radar of Barclays Premier League clubs in January, but he pledged to stay at La Viola,” writes Charles Perrin.
“However, Juve have stepped up their interest and are keen to land him in the summer.
“This is despite the fact the two Serie A clubs have a frosty relationship.
“Jovetic's agent Fali Ramada said: ‘Juventus? They are a possible destination like many other clubs.’”
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