Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has expressed interest in meeting his predecessor, Everton boss Frank Lampard, on Sunday.
Tuchel’s first visit to Goodison Park and, more importantly, his first meeting with Blues veteran and former boss Lampard will take place this weekend.
With Everton on the verge of relegation, Lampard and his team can’t afford to be sentimental this time.
Chelsea, on the other hand, will only need a maximum of eight points from their final five games to finish in the Premier League’s top four.
Tuchel, however, insisted that there will be no “gifts” from either side.
“I was happy to see a legend like him on the sidelines for his club,” the German said told Chelsea TV when speaking about Lampard.
“I think this was a very nice story which football also needs; like Pep [Guardiola] and Barcelona, and now Xavi [Hernandez] — I like this kind of stories.
“To play against him at Everton is also big.
“We had some exchanges of messages, now we meet for the first time. I’m looking forward to it.
“First of all, I’m a huge fan of him as a player, and he was a true gentleman when I took over.
“We will not exchange any ‘gifts’ on Sunday I think, this is agreed.
“I’m also excited that a lot of people told me how great an atmosphere it can be at Goodison Park, that it is one of the true old-school English grounds where it’s hard to play.”
Lampard clearly does not expect any favour either.
“My only thought is preparing the team to try and win the game and that’s what every single person at Chelsea would expect me to do,” Lampard said during his pre-match press conference.
“I’ll focus completely on that.”