Carlo Ancelotti will face Pep Guardiola in the FA Cup Quarter Finals at Goodison Park on March 20th, 2021. The sixty-one-year-old Italian issued a warning to Manchester City prior to the domestic cup game. Ancelotti believes that he possesses a tactic that will help him win the match against Guardiola.
In the two years, they have been under Carlo Ancelotti, Everton has faced The Citizens on two occasions and has lost both the games played against them. Though, Ancelotti might have better luck this time around. One of the weak links in the two previous games, Jordan Pickford, finds himself injured and on the sidelines.
During the game against Burnley on March 13th, 2021, Joao Virginia switched places with Pickford in front of the goal and performed amicably well to keep his team from conceding further. The twenty-one-year-old Portuguese shot-stopper displayed his disappointment in not securing the three points after the game concluded.
— João Virgínia (@1JoaoVirginia) March 13, 2021
Ancellotti tactics for Manchester City
The decision to bring Virginia into the line-up was a smart move by the Italian manager. Now, he plans on using another similar tactic that he feels will stop the unstoppable Manchester City team. The tactic was afforded the name ‘Messi’ to show the plan’s flawlessness as it was employed against the Argentine wizard and was deemed a success afterward.
In an interview on March 20th, 2021, Carlo Ancelotti said, “In my time as manager at Real Madrid, there was never talk of Lionel Messi before an El Classico game against Barcelona. This gave my team confidence to take Messi head-on. I am using the same tactic with my current team. We are not talking about Manchester City, despite the fear they have instilled in my team. I am sure they will overcome fear and focus their energies to play a beautiful game of football against City.”
Despite their meeting at the Premier League on two occasions, Carlo Ancelotti and Pep have met each other in Spain and in the UCL many times.
Ancelotti vs Guardiola past history
The first time these two giants have met was when Carlo Ancelotti managed Real Madrid, and Pep was in charge of Bayern Munich on April 23rd, 2014, in the UCL Semi-Final first leg. By the time the second leg concluded, Ancelotti had beaten Guardiola by a five-nil aggregate. These were the first two wins that the Italian had over the Spaniard. His arrival at Goodison Park materialized, and Guardiola had his revenge by winning two games against Carlo.
Through his previous win over Pep, Carlo Ancelotti has shown that he can beat the Spanish manager if the right tactics are employed.
Ancelotti is hence justified in his lack of fear towards Pep, but Ancelotti has exhibited fear and respect for Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.
Carlo Ancelotti appreciative of Chelsea’s resurgence under Thomas Tuchel
Though these giants have fought each other and hold a two-two record after their four fixtures, they fear the rise of Chelsea under Tuchel.
Carlo Ancelotti has faced the German in battle once on March 8th, 2021. At the end of the game, the Toffees had lost the game by a two-nil margin. Throughout the game, Carlo found himself underwhelmed by the master-class tactics displayed by the Chelsea manager. Following the loss, Ancelotti appreciated Tuchel’s tactics and Chelsea’s resolve to win the game.
In an interview on March 8th, 2021, he said, “We played well; unfortunately, they played better. They deserve the win for sure. We tried to be defensive, and they picked us apart with patience, and I have no remorse for losing against the better team.”
Ancelotti managed Chelsea in the 2009-10 Premier League and led them on a fantastic title run. Therefore, he shows more appreciation for his former club and their revival in the EPL after Eden Hazard’s departure.
However, the next time he meets the Blues in battle, he will hope for a better result and the crowd cheering the Merseyside Blues over the Blues from Stamford Bridge.
Then again he will achieve a similar outcome against City if his tactics should prove to be fruitful and pull one over Pep once again.
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