Some Everton fans have been reacting on social media after Carlo Ancelotti claimed that Liverpool is a much more relaxed city to live in than London or Paris.
Ancelotti moved to Merseyside in December to succeed Marco Silva at the Goodison Park helm, having been fired by SSC Napoli weeks before despite guiding the Serie A outfit into the Last 16 of the Champions League.
The Italian head coach had spent the previous year-and-a-half living in Naples, and has enjoyed time in some of Europe’s major cities across his career after spells in charge of AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Life with Everton would appear to be sitting well with the 60-year-old, though, as he has told Corriere Della Sera, via Sport Witness, of the joys in the more relaxed nature of the city than the busy hustle-and-bustle of London and Paris.
“It’s an informal city. It’s not big, the people are friendly,” the boss said. “I get on well because I don’t like formal cities. London and Paris offer more choice for things to do, of course. But in Liverpool, like in Madrid, you don’t have to dress up for dinner.
Do you agree with Ancelotti?
“If one is used to Italian football, one finds another world. I’m not talking about the intensity of the game, that’s not what makes the difference. There’s a different environment here. In England, you’re not offended, for example. The abuse is annoying.
“In some Italian stadiums, you get the impression that people hate you, maybe because you changed teams. A guy sits behind the bench and vomits on you for 90 minutes. Here, it’s unthinkable.”
Ancelotti has overseen nine games in all competitions since replacing Silva, in which we have won five, drawn twice and lost twice with a goal difference of plus four.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans took note of Ancelotti’s claim of life being more relaxed in Liverpool…
Can see him in bow tie having a scran in an all you can eat buffet
— efcdeegoefc (@efcdeegoefc) February 11, 2020
he’ll be in Breck road asda in his PJ’s soon .. the absolute baller
— Tony Soprano (@BigT_soprano) February 11, 2020
Obviously not been Wetherspoons in Bootle
— connstevie (@connstevie) February 12, 2020
Ar ey, Ive been throwing a tux on to hit Nabzy’s. Someone coulda told me like
— Boosh (@bobbymcgee1878) February 11, 2020
In Madrid they eat at 10pm. We’re onto our 6th pint by then.
— Peter Morris (@petermorris1878) February 11, 2020
Dont have to dress up for dinner = lobster pot 😂
— Running Gardener (@matteusjack) February 11, 2020
Its still quite formal. No jeans in clubs etc
— Conor Joseph (@skellasaurus10) February 11, 2020
In other Everton news, a BBC Sport pundit has questioned the attitude of a first-team mainstay.