Lampard sends message to Carlo Ancelotti ahead of Stamford Bridge return

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Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is set to return to Stamford Bridge this weekend with Everton.

Ancelotti won a league and FA Cup double in his first season as Chelsea boss in 2009-10 but was sacked at the end of the following campaign despite a second-place league finish.

Ahead of Sunday’s meeting between both clubs, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is certain Ancelotti will be well-received by everyone at Chelsea.

Asked about the reception Ancelotti is likely to receive on Sunday, Lampard said: “A very good one. [He was] very well-respected in-house and I think the fans respect his period at the club.

“He was a gentleman, a fantastic manger. I loved working with him personally and I think he’ll get a great reception.

“He’s a great man-manager, he was really great on a personal level. He was great at striking relationships with players, he was very good tactically and had a really calm manner.

“He was just someone I personally enjoyed working with. I think we had a very successful first year winning the double. I kept in touch with him and again I have huge respect for him.”

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