What Carlo Ancelotti had to say about Sheffield Wednesday and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Dominic Calvert-Lewin could return for Everton against Sheffield Wednesday, and it’ll be a game that the former Sheffield United attacker is no doubt be looking forward to.
Calvert-Lewin’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, was talking to the media this afternoon ahead of the Owls’ trip to Goodison Park on Sunday, and he says that he will field a strong side as the Toffees seek to progress into the next round of the FA Cup.
It's not that long since Wednesday last faced Everton in cup competition, losing 2-0 in the Carabao Cup in September 2019, and they know the threat posed by the boyhood Sheffield United fan after he bagged both goals in that clash at Hillsborough.
Now though, the Owls will be making the trip to Goodison Park for the first time since they were a Premier League side in 2000, and they have the chance to pick up their first win there in over 20 years.
Ancelotti says that he’s expecting a tough game from Neil Thompson’s side, insisting that they’re not taking them lightly.
He told the media, “We have to approach this game against Sheffield Wednesday well. They’re coming with all of their strength, and they’re a strong, physical team that wants to compete with us. We have to be ready for this.
“They’re a good team, and they played well in the last game. It’s true that they had problem with the virus, but I think they’ll come back with good motivation. It’s a big challenge for them to play against us - we know this and we have to respect this.”
On the injury front, the Italian explained that they do have plenty of players unavailable, however insisted that James Rodriguez is in contention, saying, “We have Calvert-Lewin back for the game, but we have some players out like Gbamin, Allan, Delph, Digne, Iwobi and Nkounkou. The others are in a good condition."
Wednesday face the Toffees at 8pm on Sunday evening in Merseyside, and it’ll be their first FA Cup meeting for almost 21 years. Everton won the last one 2-1 in January 1990 with Norman Whiteside scoring either side of David Hirst to book their spot in the Fifth Round.