Thomas Tuchel delivers on his word after “lively debate” with Pep Guardiola

Thomas Tuchel has overseen a remarkable turnaround in Chelsea’s fortunes since his arrival in late January, when the club languished in mid-table under legend Frank Lampard.

Since touching down on West London soil at the turn of the year, Tuchel has guide the Blues to two major finals, and though he fell at the final hurdle in the FA Cup, he made no such mistake in the Champions League final.

Taking on a Manchester City side recently crowned Premier League champions, Chelsea were comfortably the better side as a solitary goal from Kai Havertz was enough to secure the most coveted prize in club football.

Thomas Tuchel conceded he has shared some “lively debates” with Champions League final opponent Pep Guardiola

Before the game, Tuchel touched on some of the “lively debates” he has had with the man who prowled the opposite technical area in Pep Guardiola.

Speaking to BT Sport, Tuchel said: “If you start to speak with Pep about football, it gets deeper and deeper very quickly and then sometimes it can help if you have some glasses around to show some positions on the field, some formations, and then we had a very lively debate about it.”

He went on to explain how though he takes inspiration from Guardiola, he is very much firm in his own theories and ideas, “I’m not trying to be him, or be the second best Pep or whatever, I try to be myself. He’s a huge influence and a super nice guy.”

In the wake of the victory, the Chelsea manager could barely contain his joy, especially given he reached the same stage of the competition last year as boss of Paris Saint-Germain, only to lose to Bayern Munich.

When asked how it feels to be a Champions League winner, Tuchel said: “To share it with everybody is incredible. What a fight, we made it 1-0 but I don’t know what to feel actually.”

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He did go on to touch on last year’s heartbreak in comparison to 2021 glory, claiming: “I was so grateful to arrive anyway, to arrive the second time, but it felt different. We somehow, we could feel it and I’m happy.”

Chelsea delivered on the biggest stage when it mattered most, nullifying an attacking force as strong as Man City’s is no easy feat, as the Blues boss explained: “Today, they were deserving to win this. We wanted to be the stone in the shoe, the stone in the clockwork of Man City.

“We encouraged everyone to step out, go for duels one-on-one. We were great and had some dangerous counter-attacks, had some opportunities. The second-half was a real fight.

“That was a massive moment that could have been 2-0 then we had to defend. It was very intense, very fast, the circumstances.”

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