Hodgson will be looking for nothing but discipline from his defenders on Sunday, however, as he looks to build on Thursday's impressive tie at Arsenal by emulating their last two Premier League visits to the Etihad, which have ended in a win and a draw.
He said: "When you play as well we did against Arsenal it takes such an awful lot of effort on behalf of players. That's not rocket science as such. The difficulty is dealing with the quality of the players, the quality of their technique.
"Even if you get your tactical work right, and your positions on the field right more often than not, and people work hard to keep their positions and take up the right positions, unfortunately a Kevin De Bruyne can undo you. That is a big danger."