Chelsea fans fear Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti’s impending touchline ban following his dismissal against Manchester United could spell disaster for them – for one very big reason.
Italian Ancelotti was shown a red card after the final whistle in his team’s 1-1 home draw with United on Sunday for remonstrating with officials over a late disallowed goal.
It means he is likely to be banned when the Toffees travel to his former club Chelsea this Sunday.
While many Everton fans will be lamenting the loss of his influence on the touchline at Stamford Bridge, some Chelsea fans are convinced it actually puts the home team at a major disadvantage.
And it’s all down to Ancelotti’s assistant, Duncan Ferguson.
Everton legend Ferguson was caretaker manager when the Toffees beat Chelsea 3-1 at Goodison Park in December, having taken temporary charge of the side after Marco Silva’s sacking.
Duncan Ferguson was jubilant as Everton beat Chelsea in his first game in charge
He was credited with inspiring his team to victory, famously displaying histrionics on the touchline as he headed and kicked every ball, even celebrating goals wildly with ballboys.
Chelsea supporters are concerned he’ll replace Ancelotti on the touchline at Stamford Bridge and have the same effect on the Everton players, giving them an edge in the contest.
Similarly, a handful of Everton fans were quick to work out what Ancelotti’s absence will mean, revelling in the return of Big Dunc.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:
Ancelotti was dismissed as tempers flared following Everton’s 1-1 draw with United on Sunday.
He was shown a red card by referee Chris Kavanagh for disputing the decision to strike off Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s deflected effort in the dying stages of the game.
Calvert-Lewin’s shot was deflected past David de Gea by United defender Harry Maguire, but was ruled out for offside following a VAR review because Gylfi…