Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel will meet in the Champions league final after both progressed past PSG and Real Madrid respectively.
But the pair had a dress rehearsal as Man City and Chelsea played one another in the league.
Before the match, Guardiola and Tuchel were caught chatting. When asked about the conversation the Spaniard joked the German coach “gave me the tactics for the final of the Champions League.”
Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City talks with his players at the end of regulation time during the Carabao Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 24, 2019 in London, England.
Were that the case, Guardiola will hope they’re different from the performance which saw the Blues come away from the Etihad with all 3 points after a 2-1 win.
It will only unnerve the City coaching and playing staff as they look to achieve their first ultimate European crown at the end of May.
Guardiola thought City still played well and missed the opportunity to take a commanding lead after Aguero’s comical missed penalty.
Thomas Tuchel has now played Zidane, Guardiola (x2), Klopp, Mourinho, Ancelotti and Simeone (x2).
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Sergio Aguero of Manchester City takes a penalty that is saved by Edouard Mendy of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on May 08, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
“It was a tight game, but in general we played really good,”Guardiola said.“We miss our chance in the last minute of the first half with the penalty. [Chelsea] are a top side and we were playing better. We were in a good position but in the end they score.”
City can now win the league with a win over Newcastle next Friday. Whereas Chelsea have positioned themselves strongly in the race for Champions League qualification.
Tuchel happy with team’s fitness
Since arriving at Chelsea, Tuchel has rotated his side to find the correct balance in games and extract the utmost from his players.
It was therefore no surprise to see him praise his team’s fitness as they overcame the Citizens.
“I think the second half was a fantastic response to the last five minutes of the first half where we almost lost it all,”Tuchel said.“With every minute we gained confidence and quality. We got better and better.
Chelsea’s Kai Havertz and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel after the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. Picture date: Monday March 8, 2021.
“It was a tough battle and once we got the equaliser we never stopped attacking. This tells us we can rely on our fitness which is a fantastic feeling at the end of a season. We can also rely on our team spirit, we keep going.”
A statistic doing the rounds regarding the German coach is his record against some of Europe’s top opponents.
He has been able to take the Blues’ squad to the next level and seemingly maximise the investment of the owners from the summer.
The target no matter this season’s result will surely be on the title and maybe more incomings to strengthen the side further next summer and beyond.