Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti identifies Chelsea’s strength, talks about Tuchel, Lampard ahead of Monday clash

Carlo Ancelotti has taken a cursory look at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel as Everton take on the west London at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

Everton arrive in the capital off the back of a victory over West Bromwich Albion on Thursday night, their third straight victory in the Premier League and they are just one point behind Chelsea with a game in hand.

The Blues have improved dramatically since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January with a run of ten matches unbeaten in all competitions, eight of them in the top flight, and have kept eight clean sheets in those ten outings.

The former Blues manager was asked ahead of Monday’s game what is different under Tuchel for Chelsea and he said: “It’s really difficult to say.

“Offensively they play a little bit different, not too much because the players are still the same. They are really consistent, because they haven’t lost games under Tuchel.

“They are solid, but this doesn’t mean Lampard didn’t do a good job. In my opinion, Lampard did a fantastic job when he was there.

“He [Tuchel] has the quality.

“He’s a young manager but he’s already had experience in Germany, experience in Paris and so he’s a manager with a lot of knowledge and of course a lot of ambition. Because he’s young.

“He’s not old, like me! I have strong ambition, even if I am a little bit old!”

Former Chelsea star Oscar compares Mason Mount to himself, dreams of retiring at Stamford Bridge

Oscar has admitted he sees elements of himself in Mason Mount after the 22-year-old posted another superlative performance against Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday, scoring the only goal in the match to fire Chelsea into fourth place in the table.

The Blues academy graduate Mount enjoyed a breakthrough season under Frank Lampard in the 2019/20 campaign and has continued to produce consistent performances this term.

And Oscar, who played for Chelsea for four-and-a-half years before joining Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG in 2017, was full of praise for Mount.

“I like him,” Oscar told talkSPORT, via the Metro.

“Sometimes he doesn’t play like me but sometimes, I watch him and I can see a little bit of me there because I also came into Chelsea when I was so young and played good football.

“I really like him. He has everything you need to improve.

“He scores goals, he does some important things and he knows how to defend and attack. I really like him.”

The 29-year-old also harbours ambitions of making a dramatic return to Stamford Bridge to finish his career at his former club.

“I think about finishing at Chelsea because I had good times before at Chelsea,’ Oscar added.

“Chelsea helped me a lot to improve and to do what I always dreamed [of], which was to play in the Champions League and they helped me to play in the World Cup and to win the Premier League.

“I have a lot of friends at Chelsea. If I have a chance to finish my career at Chelsea, it’s a dream for me.

“Of course, Chelsea don’t like to buy too many older players, which is normal because it’s a top team from Europe, but I will try my best to be fit to finish there.”