Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has risked the wrath of Toffees supporters by comparing his side’s late collapse against Newcastle to their bitter rivals Liverpool’s stunning comeback in the Champions League final in 2005.
Everton looked to be cruising to victory when they were 2-0 up after 93 minutes following goals from Moise Kean and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
But two injury time strikes from Newcastle’s Florian Lejeune snatched the Magpies a point at the death and cost Everton the opportunity to move up to eighth in the league, with them instead dropping to 12th.
Ancelotti was in charge of AC Milan during the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’, when his team blew a 3-0 half-time lead to eventually lose on penalties to Liverpool , and Everton fans’ moods probably wouldn’t have improved when the Italian manager referenced the memorable match when discussing the Toffees’ late capitulation.
“I think there are things in football that are unpredictable,” Ancelotti said. “Until the first goal no one thought they could draw the game and me too.
“We played well but you have to accept the result because sometimes in football things happen that you cannot control.
“Of course the players are really sad at this moment but I said to them I have more experience, I said to them I lost the final of the Champions League winning 3-0 so it can happen sometimes.”
Despite the disappointing nature of the draw, the result means Everton have still lost just one league game out of six under Ancelotti since he took over- a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City – and they will remain confident of picking up points going into their next two games against Watford and Crystal Palace .
Ancelotti added: “It’s true that we could stay more focused on set pieces, it’s true that we can stay more focused in the last minutes. But I think the team played a fantastic game for 90 minutes. We are disappointed of course, but on the other side we are pleased with the performance.”