Everton defender Sylvain Distin has hailed the drive of the current squad.

The experienced French defender has played for eight clubs during a 16-year spell in football, but said the commitment and desire to succeed among the current Goodison squad is unparalleled.

He said: "This must be the most passionate dressing room I've been part of since I've been in football. When you're that passionate and you lose it really hurts.

"We're not happy but we know City will be tough and we need to focus on it."