Seamus Coleman, who was just a wee lad of six at the time, knows that the weight of history will weigh heavily on him and his fellow teammates as they travel south to London this weekend, looking to revert the course of history.
Despite two game efforts, the Toffees still succumbed away to Arsenal then Manchester United in their only two clashes with top six sides so far this season. However, the signs were encouraging that things are changing.
“The next step for us is to go to Chelsea and come back with three points.
”We know it will be extremely tough against a top team but I think now we need to be going to these places and getting three points.
”The mentality needs to change. It’s going to be tough going to Chelsea, let’s be right, but if we can go there and get something that would really set us up for the season.”
A big part of why the Blues have looked better this season is Marco Silva’s attack-minded tactics that do not see his side bunkering down when away looking to settle for an away point. And the players have bought into his aggressive attitude too.
”I think we are a lot more positive than maybe we have been and players like Richarlison are the reason why you think you can go there and get something, the form they [the new players] are in.
”Andre has come in and been very good as well, and our left-back [Digne] played for Barcelona. Little Bernard has been brilliant so we’ve got very good players.”
Here’s hoping the Toffees can finally break this away hoodoo at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.