Thomas Tuchel’s Gives Smart Answer After Journalist Asked Him Whether He Is a Better Manager than Guardiola
- Tuchel remained adamant Chelsea’s clash with Manchester City on Saturday was not about his rivalry with Guardiola
- The Chelsea boss has triumphed over Guardiola thrice in three different competitions since taking over as Blues boss
- Despite his recent form against the Spaniard, Tuchel maintains he has utmost respect for Guardiola
- Chelsea go into the clash as league leaders, with 13 points from their opening five games
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was very smart with his answer when asked if he is a better manager than Pep Guardiola during a press conference on Friday, September 24.
The 2021 Champions League final will play itself out once again, albeit in the league as Chelsea and Manchester City prepare to lock horns on Saturday.
Tuchel still remains unbeaten against Pep Guardiola since he became Blues boss, and has beaten the Spanish tactician on three occasions, in three different competitions.
The first was in the FA Cup, where Chelsea edged City 1-0 in April before defeating the Citizens in the Premier League 2-1.
The icing on the cake came in the Champions League final, on May 29, when Tuchel led the Blues to their first title since 2012.
Typically, anyone who beats Pep Guardiola that frequently is bound to be in the conversation of one of the best managers around.
But when asked whether he thought he had an edge over Guardiola, Tuchel was quick to play down that narrative, saying:
“This question does not even exist for me and I can't answer it. It's a question for you guys and you can endlessly debate. I have the highest respect for Pep, I am a huge admirer for the impact he had from his first day of his professional coaching.”
Tuchel also referenced Guardiola’s past successes as one of the reasons it would be unfair to draw comparisons.
“The impact at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City, he has my biggest respect. There is not reason to ask myself if I am a better coach. I do the best I can, I am in a place I am very happy, and I am a better coach today than yesterday,” he went on.
Meanwhile, the Blues will be without Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic.