Pep Guardiola’s warning to Thomas Tuchel before Champions League final match.
Since being named as the Chelsea manager in late January,Thomas Tuchel has engaged Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City twice, once in the FA Cup semi-final, once in the Premier League but both claimed the same result – a Chelsea triumph.
Their semi-final date at Wembley ended a conceivably memorable Man City quadruple as Hakim Ziyech’s strike was sufficient to exclude City, before the Moroccan international was a thorn in Guardiola’s side once again in the league meeting, nicking the equaliser before Marcus Alonso’s last-gasp hero.
The pair will battle for a third time this Saturday in the biggest game in club football when the Estadio Dragao plays host to this year’s Champions League final, but Guardiola is certain their past meetings will not be in his player’s minds come the big night.
Speaking to Rio Ferdinand for the former United defender’s YouTube channel, the Manchester City boss was questioned whether the recent losses will hand Tuchel’s side any kind of advantage, to which Guardiola said: “Absolutely nothing – zero.”
He continued, “I know how we prepare for this final and the reason why, we came just two days after qualifying through the Dortmund game and after the semi-finals, you know in that moment – well deserved, congratulations to Chelsea, but it’s a new game, we’ll face them Saturday and see what happens.”
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Pep even posed the theoretical situation of if the roles were exchanged, claiming: “Even if we won these two games, my position would be the same right now because I know what the Champions League is, it’s one game, the season is over and everyone is sitting on the beach on their holidays thinking about next season except one game.
“The last nine years, I’ve seen them (the Champions League final) on TV, when I was on holiday so it’s just preparing for a game, one final, it’s completely different.”
“I think it is massive (his impact), I sae the first game against Wolves, it was a draw but I saw some routines, some fundamentals , some processes that I remember when I faced him when he was in Mainz a little bit less but especially Borussia Dortmund when he arrived there.”
Saturday’s final grants Manchester City with the prospect of lifting the Champions League for the first time in their history, but Guardiola insists there is no pressure on him from within the club to lead them to a European honour – just from external voices.
“Absolutely (the pressure was only from the outside), never the Chairman, never the CEO, the pressure I felt when I got here was simply to play the team the way I did before I took over. You took over to play in a certain way, you have to do it in this way.”
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Pep Guardiola’s warning to Thomas Tuchel before of Champions League final match.