In just a few months, Thomas Tuchel turned Chelsea into a contender for the Champions League victory. In the semifinals, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz also performed magic – now the showdown is against Pep Guardiola.
When Thomas Tuchel saw the celebrating fans, he could no longer sit still in the euphoria of the moment. After reaching the Champions League final, the team manager of Chelsea FC happily leaned out of the black car and held out the winner’s fist at the cheering crowds. He had given them all a special moment, match winner Timo Werner even spoke of a “childhood dream”. The blues want to fulfill that now.
“It is not enough just to get to the final. I am very grateful for that, but we will arrive in Istanbul to win,” said Tuchel at Sky, the 2-0 (1-0) against Real Madrid in the semi-final second leg was just a few minutes old. On May 29th, star coach Pep Guardiola and Ilkay Gündogan are waiting for a showdown in the Turkish metropolis of Manchester City. “It’s a very classic 50:50 game,” said Tuchel.
It was not foreseeable that the 47-year-old would be the first coach in two consecutive years (2020 with Paris St. Germain) with different clubs to advance to the finals of the premier class. In January he took over Chelsea from Frank Lampard in the Premier League’s no man’s land. Suddenly, however, Tuchel is not only playing for the handle pot, but also on May 15 against Leicester City as the first German coach for the FA Cup.
Was it all going a little too fast? “As a coach or player you can never be ahead of the plan. Never, something like that doesn’t exist,” said Tuchel with a laugh at BT Sport. At his inaugural PK in January, he himself clearly stated that he wanted to fight for the title this season – and he kept his word. “We are in the race for fourth place, we can win the Champions League and the FA Cup. Our team is incredible,” said Werner.
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With his opening goal in the second leg (28th), he now decapitated Isabelle Silva’s heart. “You are the best, my friend,” she cheered in an Instagram story. Werner, he said Sky, was pleased that he could make Ms. Silva and the other wives of his teammates cheer.
“Hopefully I or we will succeed in getting them to cheer again,” added the former Leipzig resident. In the final, Chelsea will have to be more ripped off in attack. Against Real, the storm around Werner and Kai Havertz left some good opportunities. “I once joined the gang,” said Tuchel with a smile. Only Mason Mount (85th) released him late.
Because the attack line likes to miss too many chances, it will depend on Chelsea’s outstanding defense against City and Guardiola. Since Tuchel trained the Blues, the defense around national player Antonio Rüdiger has stood like a wall: Chelsea conceded only ten goals in 24 games, half of them in the 2-5 slip against West Bromwich Albion. “It was always the case that all eleven really suffered in order to defend,” said Tuchel: “That was very special from the first moment.”