Everton must prioritise a Champions League berth ahead of winning cup competitions if they are to keep their talented young players at Goodison Park, manager Roberto Martinez has said. "We had to win the first leg at home, but it will be a very tough second leg".
But the 22-year-old says a win at City in six days' time is vital to help revive Everton's hopes of breaking into the top four this season.
"He's the midfielder from where we have the most amount of passes to make the last decisive pass, so I think he's a very important player", Pellegrini continued. "After the first rounds, you start having to postpone your Premier League games to continue in the FA Cup".
"I know Goodison will be rocking and what we're going to see will be special".
The Toffees are on a poor run at the moment, as they have managed just ﬁve points in their last ﬁve matches in the Premier League and managed to win just once, drew twice and suffered two defeats.
Chances were still at a premium, though Everton did have two goals correctly disallowed for offside. The goal is a good shot and Romelu tries to get away and I don't think the keeper is impeded. "It was a foul inside the box, he didn't touch the ball, he touched him clearly, both legs are off the floor, it is a clear penalty".
"Maybe everyone can have his opinion about every game, playing away, playing at home, it was not the score we wanted to have tonight but it is the score that, playing two legs, you can win".
Navas got the equaliser for City in the 76th minute, but Everton replied shortly afterwards through Lukaku to ensure they take a narrow lead to the Etihad for the return leg on 27 January.
It is a double game of 180 minutes.
He commented, "We lost Tom at half time and had to readjust".
However, with the travelling City faithful just bursting into a full-bloodied version of "Blue Moon" to celebrate their side's goal, Romelu Lukaku did what he does best, and darted in between City's centre-halves to head the victor.
Neymar's goal - which has probably sealed the tie - came after a brilliant one-two with Messi, who played a first-time pass over the defence for Neymar to smash home.
But the celebrations were shortlived as Everton restored their lead minutes later, Lukaku heading in from Gareth Barry's cross.