Later News May 14

Tuchel labels Klopp a ‘master at being the underdog’

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has praised his Liverpool counterpart, Jurgen Klopp, for his ability to garner sympathy from the masses, despite often being flat-track bullies on the pitch.


Tuchel’s comments come hot on the heels of Pep Guardiola’s claim that ‘the people’ want the Reds to win the quadruple this season.


WATCH: Tuchel on why Chelsea have only won one of their last five FA Cup finals


According to Tuchel, Guardiola was – unlike Timo Werner in front of goal – not far off the mark, with the German tactician highlighting Klopp’s penchant for making his team look as sad and pitiful as Amber Heard when she recounted the time her ‘dog stepped on a bee’.


“You know Klopp is the master of being the underdog,” said Tuchel. “He can talk you into being the underdog against Villareal and against Benfica, and it's a miracle, miracle how they even draw against them.


“He can talk you into it and he does it all the time, he does it a lot of times. That's part of it, that's also like from where the sympathy comes. There's nothing to be jealous of from my side. Klopp is a fantastic guy, a funny guy, one of the very, very best coaches in the world and that's what he does.”


However, Tuchel claims that he and his Chelsea side have no qualms being the villains when they take on Klopp’s men in the FA Cup final on Saturday evening (SGT).


WATCH: Go behind the scenes as Liverpool beat Chelsea in Carabao Cup final


Said Tuchel: “When Klopp trained Dortmund, the whole country loved Dortmund. So now he trains Liverpool and you have the feeling the whole country loves Liverpool. It's big, big, big credit to him and this is what you deal with if you play a team against him, it's always like this, but it's always the fun part and so if we are the bad guys tomorrow, then no problem.


“If we take that role, no problem. We don't want to have the sympathy of the country tomorrow - we want to have the trophy.”


As if trying to prove Tuchel right, Klopp went on to play down his side’s chances in the FA Cup final by insisting that Chelsea will prove a ‘tough’ nut for them to crack. 


WATCH: Klopp on Liverpool's struggles in the FA Cup


“We know how good Chelsea are and we expect another tough one. Both teams will go with all they have, that's what I expect from Chelsea and especially from us,” said Klopp.


“What we realised from the Carabao Cup is how big an occasion Wembley is in this moment with all the people in. It felt outstanding and we want to have that again.


“I've never won the FA Cup before and most of my players have never won it.We are really looking forward to this opportunity. The boys worked their socks off to arrive there with all the different challenges. It is a massive final for us and really happy to be a part of.


“It will never happen that we see the FA Cup final as a normal game. It's a special game, for some of us the biggest in their career and we really want to enjoy that as well. We want to deliver it for our people.”




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