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Boss Hails 'Magical' Wembley Tie

Boss proud to take Everton back to Wembley.

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David Moyes feels privileged to be leading Everton into a ‘magical’ semi-final showdown against rivals Liverpool at Wembley.

The two sides haven’t convened at English football’s headquarters for 23 years and the Blues manager admits it is an honour to be in charge for such an occasion.

“It's magical to go to Wembley again,” he told a press conference at Finch Farm on Tuesday afternoon.

“To take Everton to Wembley and to take them into a derby game as well is something special.

“It hasn't happened that often. It used to happen a lot. I think the 1980s was probably the time when it happened most but I think to be the manager of Everton, take them back to Wembley again and to get the supporters there, I think that's special.”

Moyes also revealed he could well have a fully fit squad at his disposal for the game – a fact that adds to his already fulsome options.

The Blues boss had the luxury of resting five players against Sunderland on Monday and his side still romped to a 4-0 win.

Moyes admits he now has some tough decisions to make.

“I think everybody is okay. We've got a few knocks and bruises, which you would expect after a game, but with a bit of luck we'll have a fully fit squad.

“I was always going to have difficult decisions,” he added. “We've got a squad which is playing well at the moment and we could quite easily pick a number of players. It's good, we've got a good choice to make.

“We've made changes probably for the last six weeks and in the main it has worked very well for us. I think when you've got a squad of players and you've got most of them fit, you've got to keep them all hungry and playing and giving them games at the right time. We've tried to do that and we've tried to get the decisions right as often as we can.”

The Blues go into the game on a run that has seen them lose just twice in 17 matches.

And Moyes says it is only right they draw confidence from recent results.

“We've definitely improved from where we were at the start of the season,” he said. “The form the players are in, the confidence they're playing with, the results, the goals we're scoring in games - all those things have definitely shown we've improved.

“On numerous occasions now I think I've said the boys in January made a big difference but there's big credit to the boys who were already here. They've buckled down and got their form back going again and we rely a lot on the boys who have been around a long time and they're all in good form, thankfully.”

Victor TayThird time lucky against our Reds neighbors!

Wednesday 11th April 17:54 Report Comment

Alan CumminsBring it on, we owe the reds big time just for this season alone. Come on you blue boys!

Wednesday 11th April 09:47 Report Comment

mark seeleyDelighted with the form of the team (squad), fantastic, very exited for saturday, to finally see us take out the reds on the really big stage. COYB

Wednesday 11th April 01:47 Report Comment


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