Ancelotti makes Mourinho style admission amid comparison with Tottenham boss

Jose Mourinho may come in for criticism over his style of football, but he has found a worthy ally in Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Both managers come face to face in the dugout on Wednesday as Mourinho's Tottenham travel to Goodison Park in the FA Cup fifth round – and they do so under contrasting circumstances.

While the Spurs boss is under scrutiny over his side's dull performances in recent weeks, Ancelotti is being revered as the man turning Everton's fortunes around.

Yet rather than be disconcerted at similarities between his side's approach to that of his defensive-minded adversary, Ancelotti feels it is actually a compliment of the highest order.

“It is an honour for me to be compared to Jose but we didn’t talk too much about this,” the Italian said.

“I think we are really close with our idea of football. How I see his team play can be comparable to us.

“He is focused defensively and offensively like I am. Mourinho’s team are always in balance, which means they do a good job defensively and offensively.

“I don’t know if it is a new style of football but for me to be compared to his style of football is an honour.

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"If they say to me ‘Your team is playing old style football’, I am pleased."

Despite complaints in some quarters over their respective styles, few could argue with Ancelotti and Mourinho's records in European football.

Certainly there will not be many grumblings coming out of the blue half of Merseyside, with Everton currently in a position to leapfrog local rivals Liverpool into the top four should they win their games in hand.

That alone has put Ancelotti in good standing heading into the back half of the campaign, and he could boost that further if he leads Everton into the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in five years.

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"We are working for this. I know how Evertonians are desperate to win trophies," he said.

“I don’t know if it is the right time this season but what I can assure is we are doing everything to have a trophy here as soon as possible.

“For the stability of the club, the most important is to reach a position in Europe.

“Of course for the happiness winning a trophy will be important but the stability of the club is going to have a big improvement reaching the European positions.”

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