The manager of Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel has insisted that his team can win the UEFA Champions League this season after beating coach Pep Guardiola two successive times since he joined Chelsea in January.
Thomas Tuchel first met with Pep Guardiola as Chelsea coach in the FA Cup semi-final round on April 17. Despite the form of Manchester City, the German tactician was able to overpower Guardiola. Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 to knock them out of the FA Cup.
On Saturday, May 8, 2021, Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel met in the Premier League and the German coach was able to make Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 from a goal down.
The two coaches are meeting again in the final of the UEFA Champions League on May 29 in Istanbul, Turkey, and Thomas Tuchel believes that he can beat Guardiola again to claim the prestigious European title for the first time in his managerial career.
“The win gives us confidence but, as I have said before, this result will not change the [Champions League] final,” Tuchel added. “The final is a very unique game and you cannot predict what will happen.
“You need to be well prepared, we will have some changes again, they will have some changes again, but we will arrive with the knowledge we are capable of beating City. This is what we have now, and this will not change until Istanbul.”
In his four months at Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel has been able to take the club from the 9th spot on the league table to the 4th spot. He has led Chelsea to win against top clubs like Atlético Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, Real Madrid, and Manchester City.
More so, Tuchel has led Chelsea to overcome top-class couches like Carlo Ancelotti, José Mourinho, Diego Simeone, Zinedine Zidane, Jurgen Klopp, and Pep Guardiola.
Sergio Aguero’s failed Panenka helped Thomas Tuchel
On the 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, Thomas Tuchel and his boys were almost two goals down in the first half.
After Raheem Sterling scored City’s first goal in the 44th minute of the match, the Premier League table-toppers were awarded a penalty which Sergio Aguero failed to score. He tried a Panenka which was not a problem for Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy.
In the second half, Chelsea completely took over the game as the club scored two goals to force the game to end 2-1 in favor of the visitors.
After the match, Aguero took to Twitter to apologize for not scoring the penalty kick which would have made the game difficult for Chelsea.
“I would like to apologize to my teammates, staff, and supporters for missing the penalty”, Aguero wrote on Twitter. “It was a bad decision and I take full responsibility.”
I would like to apologise to my teammates, staff and supporters for missing the penalty. It was a bad decision and I take full responsibility.— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) May 8, 2021
While the manager of City, Pep Guardiola said: “Listen, it’s selfish because he misses. If he scores the goal, we’ll say how he is a genius. That is the reality.
“Always I say to the players in the penalty, take one decision. Running, right, left, short, or whatever you want, but commit. Sergio was convinced, but he missed. Everyone is disappointed, but the first disappointment in him. He’s a sensible guy.
“We are not going to talk about what Sergio has done or how he is for this club, for this team right now, for all this period have been here. So he took the decision and that’s all.”