Of all the baffling things that have happened so far this season, the fact that Everton managed to convince world-class manager Carlo Ancelotti to roam the touchline at Goodison Park is perhaps the most shocking.
And now it is Ancelotti’s turn to be shocked when he finds out how well his comments after last night’s late capitulation went over with Evertonians. Hint: not well.
“I think there are things in football that are unpredictable,” Ancelotti said post match. “Until the first goal no-one could think they could draw the game and me too.
“We played well but you have to accept the result because sometimes in football things happen that you cannot control.
“Of course the players are really sad at this moment but I said to them I have more experience, I said to them I lost the final of the Champions League winning 3-0 so it can happen sometimes.”
If there is a rule book for Everton managers, rule #1 would be “Don’t even hint about anything positive about the Red Shite.” For a fan base which has turned on past managers for having the audacity of putting anything red on their Christmas trees, the allusion to Istanbul—one of Liverpool’s ever greatest nights—is more than enough to kettle a few Evertonian heads.
As much of a “get” as Ancelotti is for a club that hasn’t won a trophy since 1995, it seems as if this can only end badly for both Everton and the 5-time European Cup winner. At this point in time, and especially during this season, the Blues’ obsession with Liverpool is beyond unhealthy.
Perhaps Ancelotti can actually help the Bitters, in the same way Jurgen Klopp helped change the entire mentality at Liverpool. Though, he clearly has a long way to go.