Carlo Ancelotti and Frank Lampard shared a touching moment ahead of the meeting between their respective clubs, with the pair embracing on the touchline despite fears over the spread of coronavirus.
Having won a Premier League title and an FA Cup together during Ancelotti’s stint as Lampard’s boss at Chelsea almost eight years ago, they were reunited at Stamford Bridge with the Italian in charge of Everton and Lampard leading the Blues.
With the league’s governing body having banned the typical pre-match handshake because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Lampard broke the protocol by initially offering a handshake.
However, Ancelotti broke out in a massive grin, opened his arms and greeted his counterpart with a warm embrace as the two shared a few words.
In the build up to the game, both men have spoken highly of each other, with Lampard reflecting on Ancelotti’s time in charge of Chelsea.
“He gave a relative freedom to the players in terms of how we attacked,” he said. “But also very tactically savvy. He’d already won the Champions League coming here, so I thought he was a top-class manager on all levels.
“For the group he was never too high, never too low. I think to see some consistency in a manager is a great thing. You didn’t have those mood swings that maybe I have now but that you try to keep a lid on.
Carlo Ancelotti and Frank Lampard struck up a close bond at Chelsea
“So that was good for the group.
“Individually there was just a good word in your ear at the right time, in a good moment I remember him boosting me and then at a bad moment I remember him giving me words of encouragement and I think that was his method of working to encourage, to give you targets and to work with you.
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“I always found that enjoyable to work with.”
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