Chelsea vs Everton: 3 things to look forward to | Premier League 2019-20
- 3 things to look out for as Frank Lampard's Chelsea faces Carlo Ancelotti's Everton at Stamford Bridge
#2 Ancelotti's Stamford Bridge return
Carlo Ancelotti was brought to Stamford Bridge in 2009 in a quest to become the Champions of Europe. At that time, he was perhaps the best manager in the world as he was a seasoned European specialist. Ancelotti's Chelsea scored a record-breaking 103 goals in the first season and they ended up winning the Premier League and the FA Cup.
Despite the initial success, the Italian was under pressure from the Chelsea board as he was unable to find European success. And yes, back in the day, Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich and his board used to fire managers at will including the ones winning a double.
Ancelloti was fired at the end of his second season at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea finished nine points behind Manchester United who clinched the Premier League title. And this is how the tale of Ancelotti ended, a pure professional who could have offered so much more.
The Chelsea fans have always loved the Italian and would be ready to welcome 'King Carlo' back to the Bridge to finally thank him for the service that he provided - changing a slow squad into a goal-scoring machine. He showed it was possible to be in command and retain the respect of the dressing room.
As Chelsea faces Everton at Stamford Bridge, there should a grand welcome waiting for the Italian maestro irrespective of the result.