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Joao Virginia
Joao Virginia came on against Burnley last weekend for his Premier League debut
Dates: – March Coverage: Chelsea v Sheffield United (12: 32 GMT kick-off) plus Leicester City v Manchester United (14: 10 kick-off) live on BBC One, iPlayer and BBC Sport website on Sunday, March

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti says he is “not worried “about having to play third-choice goalkeeper Joao Virginia in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester City (16: 32 GMT).

The – year -old will make only his third Toffees appearance against quadruple-chasing City.

Jordan Pickford and Robin Olsen are both injured.

“*” Joao is young, a goalkeeper without experience, but he has a lot of quality, “Ancelotti said.

“I do not think it’s an easy game for City. They have better quality than us, but I’m sure they will have a difficult game.

“It’s a knockout, a really important game. We have a big desire to go forward in this competition. I have confidence as usual, above all in this type of game. We are focused, we are concentrated. “

  • How to follow the FA Cup quarter-finals on the BBC City) are chasing an unprecedented clean sweep of trophies. They are 10 points clear in the Premier League, face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarters.

    “It is a final tomorrow, away,” Guardiola said. “The quality of their players is there, no doubt about it.

    “But it is another incredible opportunity in a competition. It is the last game before the international break. “Hopefully we can finish well and when we come back the important part of the season starts.”

    Guardiola said he admires Toffees manager Ancelotti, who replaced him as Bayern Munich boss in “He has been manager of the best clubs in Europe – Milan, Juventus, Napoli, PSG, Madrid, “Guardiola said.

    “All places he had success. I know people talk about him as a manager and a person. He took care of me when I started. I visited him when he was at Milan. “He allowed me to see one or two training sessions as well. We spoke a little bit about football and life. Always off the pitch he is so gentle. I admire him a lot. “

    Match stats This is the first FA Cup meeting between Everton and Manchester City since the quarter-final, with the Citizens winning 3-1 in a replay.

  • Manchester City have won their past six meetings with Everton – all coming in the Premier League – their best winning run against the Toffees.
  • Everton last reached the FA Cup semi-finals in – 14. The Toffees have lost four of their past five FA Cup games against fellow Premier League opponents, though did eliminate Spurs in the last round. Manchester City are looking to reach the FA Cup semi-final in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 81 – to 1933 – 60.

  • City’s Gabriel Jesus has been involved in goals in his appearances in the FA Cup (nine goals, four assists). However, the quarter-final is the only round of competition the Brazilian has played in but not scored.

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