Before this season as a Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has never managed to beat Pep Guardiola in their competitive meetings. However, the German has beat the City boss twice just this season – once in the Premier League, and another one in the FA Cup semi-final.
The two English giants will face yet again and this time it will be in the Champions League final. Asked to preview Chelsea’s form, Guardiola told the media (via MEN): “Chelsea create problems for all the teams, difficult to stop them.
“Their set up, wide in the sides and depth. They are so close to the distances between players. They play really good in the pockets, in behind.
“Create problems for all teams and not only us. Congratulations on the two games they beat us, another competition, another final. We will see what happens.”
The final is set to take place this Saturday night in Portugal. It will be Thomas Tuchel’s second consecutive final, while it will be Guardiola’s first final appearance since 2011, having won the title twice before with Barcelona.