Thomas Tuchel is relishing the opportunity of coming up against his predecessor Frank Lampard in the Goodison Park dugout and our head coach has revealed it will be the first ever in-person meeting between the pair.
Despite claiming he would meet our record goalscorer for lunch shortly after succeeding him as Blues boss, Tuchel has yet to come face-to-face with Lampard, with their only previous conversation coming via a good luck message sent from the Toffees boss when the German took over at Stamford Bridge in January 2021.
In the present day, Lampard’s Everton have won just one of their last six matches in all competitions and find themselves in the relegation zone ahead of Chelsea’s visit, who are looking to build on our strong performance at Old Trafford on Thursday.
‘He sent me a very kind and respectful message after I took over at Chelsea, which meant a lot to me because I was a huge fan of him as a player and he is – and will remain – a legend at our club. This is absolutely sure and a given,’ Tuchel revealed.
‘I was very happy when he wrote me this very gentleman-like message. We didn’t have the chance to go out and have lunch, then he took the chance to take charge of Everton and he took Joe Edwards [assistant coach] away from us, so we were not so happy with that!,’ Tuchel added jokingly.
‘Of course, we were involved so we will meet some familiar faces on the other side, with Ashley Cole, Joey and Frank. I never met him in person so I will be happy to meet him but we arrive with our team, we need the points and they need the points urgently as well.’