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Pep Guardiola lauds Thomas Tuchel impact at Chelsea ahead of UEFA Champions League final



Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola  has praised Thomas Tuchel’s impact on Chelsea and believes that the system the German has brought to Stamford Bridge is difficult to play against.

Manchester City face Chelsea in the Champions League final on Saturday, while Guardiola aims to win the competition for the first time since 2011.

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Tuchel, meanwhile, is off to a positive start by replacing Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager in January.

The German tactician is still looking for his first trophy with the blues after his team lost out to  Leicester City in the FA Cup final earlier this month.

But ahead of the Champions League final in Portugal, Guardiola has praised Tuchel’s tactical approach in Chelsea.

‘Why Chelsea play so good… because they have three central defenders close, the two holding midfielders who move in relation are close, the pockets are close, the striker and the two [others in the attack] are so, so close,’ Guardiola told BT Sport.

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‘The distances are so close, and at the same time they are so wide with the wing-backs, they are so good with the ball in behind.

‘That’s why you cannot be close because they push you [out wide] and they have a lot of good players in the middle. That’s why it’s difficult to face teams who want the ball and want to play with the ball. We’ve tried to do it since day one.’

When asked how he rates Tuchel’s impact at Chelsea, Guardiola replied: ‘I think it’s massive.

‘I saw the first game he had against Wolves, it was a draw but I saw already some routines, some mental processes when I faced them in Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.

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‘I knew he would do it quick and good here at Chelsea.’