City missed out on a place in the Carling Cup final after failing to overhaul Liverpool’s 1-0 advantage from the semi-final first leg tie, managing only a 2-2 draw at Anfield in the second leg last Wednesday.
Having lost in the FA Cup to rivals Manchester United earlier this month, soon after their exit from the Champions League was confirmed, City enjoyed a free weekend ahead of their next match against the Toffees at Goodison Park, and Donovan believes the fact they can now focus on only the Premier League makes them more dangerous.
“It’s hard to say Manchester City are vulnerable at any point in the season,” Donovan told the Liverpool Echo. “They’re just a very good team and now their goal is very clear. They have one thing to play for and that’s to win the Premier League.
“We fully expect that they’ve been home resting the last few days, and it’s going to take everything we have to get a result. No question.
Donovan has slotted seamlessly back into the Everton line up having rejoined the Toffees for a second loan spell earlier this month, and played a key part their 2-1 F.A Cup 4th round win over Fulham on Friday night.
Everton have endured a frustrating run of form recently, having failed to win any of their last four games in the English top flight, but the USA international believes the Merseyside club can build on their win over the Cottagers and go into the game against City full of optimism.
“It (the win over Fulham) shows us now a blueprint of what works,” added Donovan. “We have seen what doesn’t work last weekend and over the last few weeks.
“If we play like we did against Fulham we have a chance to win, and if we have a little bit more quality we can score a few more goals. But that attitude, aggression and willingness to get after it and go for it is something we should always play with.
“If we do we have a chance to win every time we step on the field.”