Ahead of the massive FA Cup semi-final tie against Manchester City, the Blues boss has given his candid opinion about the game and the state of his squad.
Chelsea suffered a minimal 1-0 loss in the hands of Porto on Tuesday but still advanced to the Champions League semi-final for the first time in 7 years, to set up a meeting against Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The blues will be looking to bounce back from that defeat to book their place in this year’s FA Cup finals for the second successive year, having done so under Frank Lampard the last term before eventually losing to Mikel Arteta’s side in the final.
Thomas Tuchel has said the following [via Chelsea FC]: “We have to accept there is a gap between us and Manchester City. If you look at the fixtures in the last few years we have to accept it, but without making us feel too small.
“From day one next season we will hunt them and try to close the game. In Europe, there are two teams that are the benchmark: Manchester City and Bayern Munich.
“I don’t think both teams are chess teams. English football, City’s game, our game is about intensity without the ball. So I expect a high-intensity match. City defines themselves with a clear DNA and style. They want the ball and high ball recoveries. We want that too so we have to fight for these moments and make them suffer.”