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The complete head-to-head record between Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel.

The complete head-to-head record between Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel.

The forthcoming Champions League final will see two well-known profiles square off in the dugouts when Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City face Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.

The two encountered each other often in the Bundesliga but have more lately come face to face in England.

Here’s how Guardiola and Tuchel have prospered when their clubs have battled it out in the past.

1.Bayern Munich 4-1 Mainz (19/10/2013)

Guardiola was at the beginning of his Bayern assignment here, and the team at his control was pretty gigantic.

Philipp Lahm sat in front of the back four with Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger provided a little more freedom, while Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller enjoyed themselves out wide with Mario Mandzukic upfront.

Tuchel’s Mainz took the opener through Shawn Parker, but Robben equalized before Muller scored twice either side of Mandzukic’s effort.

2. Mainz 0-2 Bayern Munich (22/3/2014)

The return game was confirmed to be one of Tuchel’s final games at Mainz, as he left at the end of the term.

The lack of defeat shortened from the first game and Mainz held out until the 82nd minute before Schweinsteiger broke their defense, substitute Mario Gotze soon doubling the lead.

That win left Guardiola needing just one more triumph to wind up the Bundesliga title. They did it with seven matches to play courtesy of a 3-1 victory at Hertha Berlin.

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3. Bayern Munich 5-1 Borussia Dortmund (4/10/2015)

Tuchel’s next job came at Borussia Dortmund, where he succeeded Jurgen Klopp who had seen BVB close on seventh after two title wins and two-second place finishes.

Dortmund have had a trend to roll over and have their tummies tickled by Bayern over the years and that’s what Tuchel saw in his first taste of Der Klassiker.

The forward pairing of Muller and Robert Lewandowski tore Dortmund to pieces, with each scoring twice. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did manage to briefly decrease the scoring before it all got untidy, with Gotze scoring the fifth for Bayern after the hour mark.

4. Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Bayern Munich (5/3/2016)

This was just an enthralling battle between Germany’s two biggest clubs, but it did yield Tuchel’s first league point against Guardiola.

Good form for BVB ahead of this encounter had them in the title picture, though the win they wanted to take them within two points of Bayern never seemed like unfolding.

Arturo Vidal hit the bar and Aubameyang twice tested Manuel Neuer, but the game finished on a barren draw.

5. Bayern Munich 0-0 Borussia Dortmund (4-3 on penalties) (21/5/2016)

The complete head-to-head record between Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel.

The third encounter between the two sides in 2015/16 came in the DFB-Pokal final, and Bayern maintained Guardiola’s unbeaten run over Tuchel with victory on penalties.

It was again goalless in normal time, with Aubameyang missing the best opportunity, and Bayern prevailed on spot-kicks as Neuer saved from Sven Bender before Sokratis missed.

Guardiola concluded his three-year stay in Germany with a second league and cup double, while the loss was Dortmund’s third back-to-back defeat in DFB-Pokal finals.

6. Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City (17/4/2021)

Tuchel and Guardiola’s first meeting in England came in the FA Cup semi-finals, and it gave Tuchel his first-ever triumph over Guardiola.

Chelsea strong-armed Man City in a 1-0 victory at Wembley, Hakim Ziyech scoring the winner while Tuchel’s side kept the regularly free-scoring Citizens at bay.

From the death and gloom of the Frank Lampard era, Chelsea abruptly have the opportunity to finish the 2020/21 season with two crowns and a top-four spot.

7. Manchester City 1-2 Chelsea (8/5/2021)

This was apparently the circumstance where the odds on Chelsea winning the 2020/21 Champions League final began to drop. Obviously, City remains the favorites, but Tuchel has now hammered Guardiola’s outfit twice with his Blues.

Raheem Sterling’s finish had put City ahead just before halftime, but Sergio Aguero’s Panenka penalty was easily saved by Edouard Mendy before strikes from Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso guaranteed the visitors left with all three points.

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