Carlo the derby master: Everton’s Merseyside misery has lasted 10 YEARS, but Ancelotti is an expert in getting one over his clubs’ local rivals, including in some huge European triumphs… So, are Liverpool next on his hit list?
- Everton last beat Liverpool 10 years ago, when David Moyes was still in charge
- The Toffees are looking to recreate history in the Merseyside derby on Saturday
- Boss Carlo Ancelotti has inspired hope as he has a 59 per cent win rate in derbies
- The Italian manager has won 36 of 61 derbies, with his sides scoring 110 goals
Everton fans have lost hope somewhat over the last 10 years as they chase that illusive Merseyside derby victory over Liverpool but Saturday’s clash represents a real chance to change their fortunes.
Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta were the goal scorers when the Toffees last got one over their arch-rivals – a 2-0 victory back in October in 2010 at Goodison Park.
David Moyes was the man in the dugout that day. Plenty of managers have come and gone since his departure seven years ago, but none have done what he managed to do against Liverpool: Walk away from the derby with three points in the back pocket.
Everton fans are hopeful Carlo Ancelotti can help Everton succeed in the Merseyside derby
But in Carlo Ancelotti, Everton finally feel like they’ve got a boss who can lead their team to victory against their bitter rivals after a decade of hurt, and it’s easy to see why.
The experienced and well-travelled Ancelotti is a three-time Champions League winner and has an excellent record in local derbies – no wonder there is so much optimism coming out of the Blue side of Merseyside ahead of Saturday’s derby.
During his time at Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Everton, Ancelotti has recorded 36 victories in 61 local derbies at a 59 per cent win rate, with his teams having scored 113 goals compared to just 56 conceded.
So far Ancelotti has faced Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool twice since taking charge of Everton, losing to a Curtis Jones screamer in their third-round FA Cup clash before holding the Premier League champions-elect to a goalless draw in June.
Ancelotti has faced Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool twice, losing one game and drawing the other
Fans feel the combination of Ancelotti and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s form could see them win
But there is a renewed sense of hope for Everton after the marquee summer signings of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid and Allan from Napoli – two players who have helped ensure a perfect start to the season which sees Everton top of the table after four games.
Coupled with the fine form of star forwards Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin – who already has six goals to his name – and some fans are starting to believe this might be the moment the Toffees banish their Liverpool hoodoo.
ANCELOTTI’S RECORD IN LOCAL DERBIES
Played: 2 Wins: 1 Draws: 1 Defeats: 0
Played: 20 Wins: 11 Draws: 3 Defeats: 6
Played: 17 Wins: 12 Draws: 3 Defeats: 2
Real Madrid (2013-2015)
Played: 20 Wins: 12 Draws: 4 Defeats: 4
Everton (2019- ) P2 W0 D1 L1 GF0 GA1
Played 61 Wins: 36 Draws: 12 Defeats: 13
Having won 20 trophies in a glittering managerial career that saw him claim three Champions Leagues, the Premier League and Serie A titles among a host of other honours, Ancelotti is Everton’s best chance of doing just that.
The former Madrid, Juventus and Milan manager has witnessed some of the most passionate derbies in Europe first-hand as a player and a manager and the significance of Everton’s record against Liverpool will not be lost on him.
The Italian enjoyed some of his most intense battles in Milan against fellow San Siro occupants Inter – who Ancelotti once admitted he supported as a child.
The Rossoneri won 11 of their 20 encounters, including a Champions League semi-final which Milan won on ‘away goals’ despite both teams playing in the same stadium and another chaotic quarter-final which was abandoned after crowd trouble.
Ancelotti’s joint-most wins (12) against cross-city rivals came during his spells at Chelsea and Madrid – which is not surprising considering the high concentration of top-flight teams in the two capitals.
His free-flowing Chelsea side lost just two London derbies – to Spurs and Arsenal – and played their way to a Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010 with a record-breaking 103-goal season.
But what is even more impressive is the fact they conceded a mere 11 goals in 17 derbies, the lowest total of the three clubs – Chelsea, Madrid, Milan – where the Italian has faced the most local rivals.
His Madrid side were similarly prolific, and it will come as no shock that they contributed the most goals in derbies (47) given how Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale terrorised rival defences.
Here, Sportsmail takes a look at some of Ancelotti’s most significant derby encounters to date…
Ancelotti’s derby days
Juventus 3-2 Torino, Serie A, March 19, 2000
Ancelotti’s first proper cross-city derby success came at Juventus during the Derby della Mole against Torino after managing Reggiana and Parma.
Juve fans showed their displeasure at the appointment of the new coach when they revealed a terrace banner at his first game in charge against Reggina in August 199 when he took over from Marcello Lippi.
The sign read ‘A pig cannot coach. Go away, Ancelotti’ in reference to his distinguished playing career at Milan and Roma.
A 22-game unbeaten run took them to the top of Serie A and culminated in this derby, where Alessandro del Piero scored the decisive goal after two own-goals from Torino defenders.
But it was all downhill for Ancelotti’s Juventus after that as they lost four of their last eight fixtures to miss out on the Serie A title by just one point to Lazio.
Ancelotti’s first cross-city derby came at Juventus with the Derby della Mole against Torino
Inter 1-1 Milan (aggregate 1-1: Milan win on away goals), Champions League semi-final, 13th May 2003
Ancelotti once admitted to having been a boyhood Inter fan, but there was no love lost between the Derby della Madonnina rivals during the Italian’s eight-year spell at Milan.
By far the biggest of these occasions was the Champions League semi-final between the two Milan giants in 2003, a cagey tie which finished goalless in the first leg.
Andriy Shevchenko finally put Ancelotti’s Rossoneri ahead on the stroke of half-time in the second leg before substitute Obafemi Martins scored to give Inter late hope in the 83rd minute.
The game finished 1-1 and Milan went through on ‘away goals’ despite both clubs playing at San Siro.
Ancelotti’s team went on to win their sixth European Cup at Old Trafford when they beat Juventus on penalties.
Ancelotti celebrates with Gennaro Gattuso after AC Milan beat squeezed past Inter in Europe
Ancelotti’s AC Milan won their sixth European Cup at when they beat Juve on penalties
Inter 0-3 Milan (aggregate 0-5), Champions League quarter-final, 12th April 2005
Greater controversy was to follow two years later when the two sides met at the quarter-final stage of the same competition.
Ancelotti’s side were already 2-0 up from the first leg before Shevchenko’s first-half goal in the second lef seemingly put them out of reach.
When referee Markus Merk ruled out Esteban Cambiasso’s equaliser on the night, some of Inter’s fans responded by throwing missiles and flares onto the pitch, with one hitting Milan keeper Dida.
Merk called for a 10-minute break, but the missiles kept hurtling down. The match was abandoned, Milan were awarded a 3-0 win, and one of the most significant football photos of all-time was captured – with Inter’s Marco Materazzi leaning on Milan’s Rui Costa as they surveyed the chaos around them.
Inter Milan vs AC Milan’s Champions League quarter-final was abandoned due to fan trouble
Marco Materazzi and Rui Costa survey the chaos around them at the San Siro 15 years ago
Chelsea 3-0 Spurs, Premier League, 20th September 2009
This was the game which established Ancelotti’s Chelsea as a genuine force to be reckoned with during the Italian’s first managerial stint abroad.
Ashley Cole, Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba all scored as the Blues sunk Harry Redknapp’s Spurs and set a club record 11th straight Premier League win – later bettered by Antonio Conte’s side in 2017.
Ancelotti’s attack-minded team would go on to make even more history with a 103-goal season – aided in no small part by Drogba’s 29 goals and 10 assists – which culminated in a league and FA Cup double.
The 68 goals they scored at Stamford Bridge en route to winning the title is still a Premier League high for a home team.
Didier Drogba scores as Chelsea run out 3-0 winners against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge
They went on to score 68 goals at Stamford Bridge en route to winning the Premier League title
Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid (after extra time), Champions League final, 24th May 2014
Ancelotti faced Atletico 12 times during his time in Madrid, but this was the meeting which mattered most as it delivered the legendary Decima – 10th European Cup – to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Disaster struck when Iker Casillas’s first-half error allowed Diego Godin to open the scoring, but Sergio Ramos’s towering 93rd-minute header was the start of Los Blancos rewriting history.
Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo capitalised on their opponents’ tiredness in extra time to win the Italian his third Champions League trophy – becoming the first manager to do so in the current era, before his then-assistant Zinedine Zidane repeated the feat four years later.
Carlo Ancelotti lifts the Champions League with Real Madrid after seeing off rivals Atletico
Liverpool 1-0 Everton, FA Cup third round, 5th January 2020
Everton’s best chance to banish their Anfield hoodoo came earlier this year when Klopp lined up an experimental side for their FA Cup third-round clash.
However, Liverpool’s second string still ran out victorious against their Merseyside rivals, with youngster Curtis Jones scoring a screamer past the helpless Jordan Pickford.
Everton supporters were left galling about the result. It was the same old story, their side collapsing when it mattered the most.
But Ancelotti has picked them up, and on Saturday he will look to reverse the trend again.
And after their flying start to the season, maybe just maybe Everton’s Merseyside fortunes will change…
Curtis Jones scored a screamer to condemn Everton to another Meryseside derby defeat
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