Thomas Tuchel feels a bit uncomfortable standing in front of Frank Lampard on the sidelines.
The German coach took over the managerial role from Lampard back in January 2021 and will face him for the first time in his career on Sunday night.
He feels a bit surreal standing right next to him in the technical area at Goodison Park.
Tuchel said: “A little, yes. I still don’t feel 100 per cent comfortable because I took over from him in the middle of the year. We had a quick chat then because he was a real gentleman and sent me a long message after I took over and I replied to him.
“I had this feeling and I knew that the decision was done and that I did not have anything to do with pushing him out because I was happy to see a legend like this on the sidelines of his club. This is a very nice story and a story football needs, like Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and now Xavi at Barcelona. I like these kinds of stories.
“So to play against him now at Everton is big because I was also a huge fan of him as a player and he was a true gentleman when I took over. I am also excited because lots of people tell me how great atmosphere can be at Goodison Park and this is one of the true, old-school English grounds to play at.”