Everton will be welcoming Tottenham Hotspur to the Goodison Park on Friday night and in a Premier League clash that will be a battle between two of the greatest managers of all time, who have faced each other on some occasions and have lots of titles in the bag.
Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho have both coached top clubs in Europe’s top five leagues and they have won trophies everywhere, including titles for Real Madrid and Chelsea, where both gaffers have managed.
Don Carlo has managed 10 teams including Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich, and has won 20 trophies, including three UEFA Champions League trophies, Premier League, and the Serie A.
Mourinho, on the other hand, has managed 9 teams including Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and Manchester United, and has won 25 trophies, including two UEFA Champions, League trophies Premier League and the Serie A.
The two managers have different philosophies and approaches to games. While Ancelotti prefers the 4-4-2 diamond formation, using the pivot as his dangerous man, Mourinho sets up his team in a 4-3-3 formation and allows his boys to sit back to soak the pressure and pick their opponent on the break.
Both managers have faced each other eight times and there has been no draw between them. The two managers have won four matches each and will be leading their teams out on matchday 32.
With the pedigree of both teams, you will expect them to be managing top clubs as they have done in the past, but Mourinho is in charge of Spurs, who are seventh on the Premier League table, while Ancelotti’s is with the Toffees, who are eight on the log, 1 point behind their visitors, and they have played a game less.
The two legendary managers know the importance of winning their match, as a draw will not favour any of them. Victory for either side will edge them closer to a European and a loss may dent either side’s chances. This will be an interesting clash.
Who do you think is better between Ancelotti and Mourinho?