Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti was full of praises for Manchester City, despite being knocked out by them in the FA Cup quarter-finals, calling Pep Guardiola's side the "best team in the world".
Everton managed to keep City quiet for over 80 minutes at Goodison Park, but late goals from Ilkay Gundagon and Kevin De Bruyne sent the visitors through with a 2-0 win.
Speaking after the game, Ancelotti admitted that there were no regrets in his limited side’s rearguard attempt. "We were almost there, we did well and we did the best that we can do. We defended well and for at least 80 minutes, we had the game under control," he told BT Sport.
"I am satisfied because we were beaten by the best team in the world - they are the best. We wanted to keep them uncomfortable. Of course, they are comfortable with the ball but we defended well and we didn't concede space. We played the game that we wanted to play.
"They have the best bench in the world. It was a good experience for us and there are no regrets. The regrets are the games against Burnley or the game against Fulham, but we are on time. We have 10 games in the league and we want to fight for our position in Europe next season."
The win also keeps City's dream of winning an unprecedented quadruple alive, as Guardiola looks to bag the Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup, and the FA Cup this season. The City boss was delighted with his side's performance and their form over the past few weeks.
“We have to adapt - every game is different,” Guardiola said. “Leicester may be similar and play four in the middle. Dortmund and Leeds will be different. Managers know what they have to do.
“But when you win a lot of games like we have in the last four months, it’s because you can adapt. That pleases me the most. It’s not just tactics, it’s mental - being ready every game. What we have done is more than remarkable. It’s incredible. One of the greatest achievements we have done together.
“We haven’t won anything yet, so we will be focused and we will see how far we arrive in the competitions. Honestly, since last break four months ago, we played 34 games. In this winter time, playing every three days, with incredible commitment in every competition, I don't have any words to express that."