Thomas Tuchel has mentioned how watching and speaking with Pep Guardiola helped him grow to be the supervisor he’s at present, forward of his Chelsea aspect’s assembly with Manchester Metropolis on Saturday.
The pair go head-to-head this weekend for the primary time because the UEFA Champions League last – which Chelsea gained 1-0 – in what guarantees to be a vital sport within the race for the 2021/22 Premier League title.
Each side have loved an excellent begin to the present marketing campaign underneath their famous person managers, with Chelsea sitting prime of the desk and unbeaten, and Man Metropolis trailing behind by simply three factors.
“I’m not a fanboy. However I’m merely impressed, I’m completely impressed and it was like an honour to talk to him and have the prospect to listen to his beliefs,” he mentioned.
“You immediately know: OK that is now the very best stage as a result of I’ve by no means skilled a Pep staff not being on the very best stage. It was with Barcelona, it was with Bayern Munich, it’s now with Metropolis. So when you meet him within the stadium, you realize that is going to be a troublesome one and the air is skinny now.”
Tuchel additionally mentioned how tough it was to face Guardiola’s all-conquering Bayern Munich again when he was supervisor of German minnows Mainz.
“I needed to endure,” he continued. “He beat me I believe 4 occasions so I needed to additionally cope with it and are available again from it
“If you’re a coach at Mainz you can’t give you the concept of ‘let’s play like Barcelona’. So it was extra about understanding how he implements, how a lot of an affect (he had), what did he do, what adjustments did he do technically, how he carried out a counter-pressing. On this sort of stage. After which he did it once more at Bayern and now once more at Metropolis. It’s merely excellent. Take a look at all of the trophies.
“However [back then] it was to date out of attain to have the ability to even compete with him on the identical stage. In order that’s why I’m completely grateful now and consider it or not I’m completely satisfied that I arrived at a membership and a staff with confidence that, okay, if we play at our absolute best stage we’re a staff that may compete with Pep’s staff and that is really a very good feeling as a result of it means you might be in a very good place as a coach.”
Tuchel will probably be hoping his tactical consciousness of Guardiola will probably be sufficient to see Chelsea over the road on Saturday.