Chelsea boss Tuchel plays down difficulty of beating Pep's Manchester City
Tuchel’s proclamation will undoubtedly come as a surprise to the rest of the clubs in the EPL, many of whom have often resorted to rolling over and begging for mercy when taking to the field against the Citizens in order not to get humiliated.
The Blues will get another chance to prove Tuchel theory right tonight when they play City at Stamford Bridge – a win for the hosts would see them move six points clear of Pep Guardiola’s men in the title race. More insultingly, a loss for City could potentially leave them just a point ahead of one-time relegation candidates Arsenal come the end of this weekend’s round of games.
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While that might seem like a nightmare scenario for City and their ever-loyal empty seats, it could very well become reality, according to Tuchel.
The German coach sounded bullish ahead of his team’s clash against City, as he said: “We have the positive experiences and we know how tough it feels at half-time in the dressing room, how much kind of work we put into it, what kind of input was needed.
“We have to work hard for it and really have to earn it and don't forget you need also the momentum and a bit of luck. But yes, believing you can do it is the most important thing in sports. On this kind of level, we have the belief that we can do it.
“We know very well what it takes to have the possibility to win. I have the feeling it does not take a miracle to win against Manchester City but it is absolutely necessary we bring out our best performance.”
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Tuchel, however, took a humbler approach when asked about the comparisons being made between him and Guardiola.
“He has the biggest respect. Look at the trophies, look at the influence. There is absolutely no reason why I should start to ask myself if I am a better coach or not. I do the best I can,” said Tuchel.
“I am in a place right now where I am very happy. I am a better coach today than I was yesterday and this is all that matters. I need experience, I am grateful to have this amount of support at this club to cover my back and push me to my limits and from there on we go.”
Meanwhile, after weeks of persisting with a ‘False 9’ up top with City, Guardiola has begun to understand that they weren’t kidding when they used the term ‘False’ to describe such a role.
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With Raheem Sterling – who is nominally a winger – leading the line for City against Southampton last weekend, the Manchester outfit were unable to find any attacking fluency in the final third, and were held to a frustrating goalless draw in front of the non-sold-out crowd at the Etihad Stadium.
And now, Guardiola has finally realised what everyone else has known for weeks: that City desperately need a top striker.
“We don't have this weapon that other teams have like Chelsea, United or Tottenham or other teams so we have to use what we can do as a team. We don't have a player [who can] score 25 league goals for himself so we have to do it as a team. This is what we will try this season,” said Guardiola.
“You will not hear me moaning for one single moment in this season complaining that we don't have this player.
“We had the privilege to have Sergio [Aguero] for many years. Unfortunately for the last year and a half he was out with injuries and we could not use him much. We survived without him in a good way in the way we played. There are two options that we have right now: complaining or saying we have exceptional players.”