When Thomas Tuchel got his big break in management at Mainz in 2009, Carlo Ancelotti was already coaching royalty.
The Italian had won nine trophies as a manager by then and was about to win a Premier League and FA Cup double with Chelsea.
Now, the pair go head to head at Stamford Bridge with history very much on Tuchel’s side as Ancelotti’s Everton battle his old club for a top four spot.
The Toffees have not won a league game at Chelsea since 1994, when Glenn Hoddle was in charge.
Paul Rideout, later the hero of their FA Cup final triumph over Manchester United, scored the winner.
Since then, Everton have attempted to win at the Bridge 25 times in the league, and failed every time.
It is their longest winless run away to another club in the Premier League.
Thomas Tuchel is yet to taste defeat in the Premier League since taking over at Chelsea
But Ancelotti has been breaking records at Everton this season. He masterminded his side’s first Merseyside derby win over Liverpool at Anfield in 22 years.
Their opening-day victory at Tottenham was also Everton’s first away to Big Six side in 40 attempts.
And this game pits a side who are among the best in the league this season on their travels against a team imperious at home.
Something has to give.
Everton are actually unbeaten in their last nine away league games, winning seven and drawing two.
The Everton boss lives next door to Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum
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And whoever scores first in this one could be key because they opened the scoring in all nine of these victories.
They also haven’t lost an away game since November – with 29 of their 46 points coming on the road.
But Chelsea are looking good under Tuchel, who went on to manage Borussia Dortmund and Paris St-Germain after leaving Mainz.
Since the German took charge of his first league game at Chelsea on 27 January,…