Thomas Tuchel defeats teacher Pep Guardiola – and amazes himself

Thomas Tuchel also beats his role model Pep Guardiola and is the first German coach in the FA Cup final. There he reaches for his first title with Chelsea.

Thomas Tuchel was almost bursting with pride after his first triumph over his teacher Pep Guardiola.

“If you play against Pep, you play against the highest level in football. He was and is the benchmark, the best coach,” said the team manager of Chelsea after the deserved 1-0 (0-0) in the FA Cup. Semi-final against Manchester City (the highlights in the video) and emphasized: “I am very, very happy.”

When Tuchel found out that he would be the first German coach to play for the title in the world’s oldest soccer competition on May 15th, he was completely overwhelmed. “Oh, really? Oh, wow!”, The 47-year-old exclaimed, amazed, “that’s wonderful, wonderful! I’m very proud of my team, but also of myself.”

The Wembley Stadium, the venue for the semifinals and the final, is “a special place in world football”, enthused Tuchel. He was “very excited” before his first game in the cathedral of the football motherland, “to be here on the sidelines, to move into the final is something very, very special, a special moment”.

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Also thanks to Chelsea’s top scorer Timo Werner, who prepared the winning goal for Hakim Ziyech (55th) with his 19th goal participation. “It’s just fun” under Tuchel, said the international, “now we have the chance to win both trophies”.

Because in addition to the cup final against Leicester or Southampton, the Blues have also reached the semi-finals in the Champions League against Real Madrid (April 27th / May 5th).

The basis of the success is the strong defense around Antonio Rüdiger, who was brought back to the top level by Tuchel: The German team manager scored zero in 14 of the 19 competitive games – a series unmatched in the five top European leagues. The coach emphasized that he spends “90 percent of my time looking for offensive solutions”.

So he now wants to lead Chelsea to titles. “Now the crucial weeks are off,” said Tuchel, and warned: “Nobody can rest. If you want to conquer a mountain, you’d better start running. Just thinking about the summit will get you nowhere.” Typical Tuchel.

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