Liverpool and Carlo Ancelotti have developed a notoriously well-known rivalry over the years. From AC Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Napoli and now Everton, the three-time Champions League-winning manager has proven a thorn in the side for Kopites for well over a decade.
However, Liverpool supporters will relish what the former PSG head coach had to say following Everton’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Tuesday evening.
The Blues threw away a two-goal lead deep into injury time last night as the Magpies dramatically fought back to salvage a point.
Central defender Florian Lejeune came off the bench for Steve Bruce’s side to score his first career brace – including a dramatic 95th-minute equaliser to strike misery on Merseyside.
To add salt to the already deep wounds of Everton fans, Ancelotti decided it necessary to bring back painful memories to one of the greatest nights in their local rivals’ 127-year history.
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The Premier League-winning manager brought back reminiscences to Liverpool’s Istanbul comeback after revealing in his press conference that he used his painful memories of the experience to console his players at full-time.
Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO, Ancelotti said: “The players are really sad for this moment. I said to them I lost the Champions League final after winning 3-0, these things happen.”
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It’s fair to say this perhaps wasn’t the best way of winning both the players and fans’ support following such a crushing late blow.
I’m sure Everton supporters will agree that Liverpool are currently in no need of an ego boost following their status as runaway Premier League leaders and the world and European champions.
Losing a final to the club’s fiercest is maybe not the most effective analogy of how to deal with adversity.
Despite this, Liverpool supporters will take any opportunity possible to relive that famous night in 2005. So cheers, Carlo!