Roberto has arrived and polite man that he is, even apologises for being late. It’s OK Roberto, we forgive you.
He starts by saying Kevin Mirallas won’t be available to play tomorrow, but Seamus Coleman and james McCarthy are fit and ready to go.
“When it’s end of January and you are involved in three competitions you have to take it game by game. But this is the position we want to be in, fighting for a major trophy,” says Roberto Martinez.
“Of course the disappointments are painful at the moment because the results haven’t reflected the football we are playing.”
Next up Roberto Martinez defends John Stones, who was criticised for his defensive display in the weekend defeat to Swansea.
“John is 21. He has played 68 games in the Premier league. Never assess a player till they have 100 starts, then you can judge them,” says the boss.
“He has incredible potential but he is still a young man.
“Whatever the judgement from the outside, we accept it, that is part of the game, but I think Stones is in the right pace to fulfill is potential and become one of the greatest players England has ever seen,”
“We’re taking 8,000 fans and it’s going to be a really exciting night,” said the boss, whose team lead 2-1 after the first leg.
“Man City have one of the best home records and we know it is a massive challenge but we want to be successful and we will give everything we’ve got to try and make the final.
“Our away record is exceptional. One defeat. But tomorrow is a one-off. Mentally it’s a huge occasion but we have earned the right to be there and with our fans behind us creating a really special atmosphere, we will really enjoy our football.”