When Everton come to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Carlo Ancelotti will become the 10th foreign manager to have taken charge of both Chelsea and one of our opponents, but who are the others and how did they get on when they returned?
Ancelotti is sure to receive a warm welcome at the Bridge after his short but sweet spell at the Blues’ helm. His first season in 2009/10 went down as one of the most successful in our history as we won the Double of Premier League and FA Cup for the only time, and did so in some style by setting a string of high-scoring club records.
However, he couldn’t maintain those high standards, leaving after a trophyless second season, and a year later it was another Italian leading us out for our first Champions League triumph.
That other Italian was, of course, Roberto Di Matteo, who as well as that moment of glory with Chelsea, also faced us twice with other clubs. Those matches did not go quite as well for him as the one in Munich, though, as his West Bromwich Albion side were beaten 6-0 at the Bridge and he did not fare much better with Schalke, losing 5-0 in Germany.
It turns out former managers from overseas facing us with more than one club is not as rare as you might think. Avram Grant (Portsmouth and West Ham United) also came up against Chelsea with two clubs, without picking up a point in five attempts, as did Rafael Benitez, who holds the record for the number of times sat in the opposition dug-out among these names, doing so for 31 matches with Liverpool and Newcastle United.
There are two who have led more teams against Chelsea, though, with Jose Mourinho (Inter Milan, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur) and Claudio Ranieri (Juventus, Leicester City and Fulham) having done so with three different clubs.
At the other end of the scale, the two Dutchmen on the list have both coached Chelsea’s opponents on just a single occasion each, and both suffered 1-0 defeats to the Blues during the 1998/99 season. Guus Hiddink was first, when we beat Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, and then Ruud Gullit with Newcastle in the Premier League.
Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham) and Antonio Conte (Juventus) are the last two of the 10, with all five games against them coming in the space of less than a year between October 2012 and September 2013. The mixed results from those matches leave Conte as the only foreign former Chelsea boss who is undefeated against us, although a touchline ban meant he was not in the dug-out during the games.
All of that leaves just three overseas managers to have sat in the Chelsea dug-out but not led a team against us – Luiz Felipe Scolari, Gianluca Vialli and the most recent incumbent Maurizio Sarri.