Tuchel: The clash is not between me and Guardiola

Fri 24 September 2021 | 15:00

The Chelsea manager insisted that the Blues against the Citizens is not him against Pep Guardiola since they ‘don’t play tennis or chess’.

Thomas Tuchel

’s side, who sit top of the Premier League table, three points above

Manchester City

, will lock horns with last year’s champions on Saturday.


have proved themselves against Manchester City during their last meetings, winning three games, a 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win in April; a 2-1 league win in early May; then a 1-0 Champions League final victory.

Despite Tuchel being hailed for his tactics during those matches, he emphasised that Saturday’s clash is not between the two coaches.


Not so long ago, there were a lot of voices who told me that I don't know how to beat Pep,"

he said.

"Anyway, it's not between me and him.

"We don't play a match of tennis or a match of chess tomorrow, we play with our teams, and the teams and clubs compete against each other on a very high level."

Before those three wins against Guardiola’s side, the duo faced one another as coaches five times in the Bundesliga. Tuchel believes the game could go either way.


If I look at it honestly at the last three games, I see three 50/50 matches,"

he said.

"I'm not only talking about the situation before the match but it was a 50/50 but during the matches - I felt like it could have been any outcome.

"When you have 50/50 matches, little details decide it. Small situations can give you the advantage and you need a bit of luck.

"It felt like totally 50/50 even in the review [of them], and I expect another tomorrow. We want to fight hard to be the guys who have the better outcome.

"We did it several times with this team but like I said, we know what the input was, we know how much we suffered in these matches and we will see what happens tomorrow."

The Blues tactician said that Edouard Mendy is available and will be in the starting XI after not playing in their last two clashes due to a hip injury sustained when they went against Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League.

Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount will not be available for the match.


For Mount, it's too soon,"

Tuchel said. "

He made a big step, huge progress, but it's not enough to be ready for tomorrow.

"Mason is very disappointed. He didn't feel it during the match because it happened in the second half and he played through it and finished the game.

"It's a very minor injury, but it's still a disappointment for him and us because he's a player we count on."

source: SportMob

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