Chelsea’s manager, Thomas Tuchel beat Premier League champion, Pep Guardiola to win the Champions League title for the first time in his career on Saturday night.
The German tactician reached the final last year with PSG but lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich. Tuchel joined Chelsea in January 2021and improved their poor performances under Frank Lampard so much that they finished in the Premier League top 4, reached the final of the FA Cup, and the final of the Champions League which they won by the same score line as last season’s final.
Chelsea headed into the game as underdogs but a tactical masterclass from the former Mainz boss edged out the genius of Pep Guardiola in what was a close game. Speaking with the club’s official media team at the end of the game, Tuchel disclosed that the starting lineup and tactics employed by the City boss surprised him and he needed to react.
He said that he was surprised that Guardiola failed to start a defensive midfielder in the first half. Manchester City’s record signing Rodri, and captain Fernandinho are two players who thrive in this position but started the game on the bench. The offensive line up from City implied that Chelsea needed to be on top of their defensive duties.
Tuchel told chelsea.com, “City chose a very offensive and very technical line-up. It was very hard to recover the balls. It was very important that we step out with Azpi and Toni constantly out of the back five to support our midfield, and it was important to stay in a block on the front five.”
The German tactician explained that this allowed his team win the second balls and push through the middle when they were in possession and building their own counter-attacks. The only goal of the game came from Kai Havertz, who was played through on goal by Mason Mount with a sublime ball.
Tuchel will hope that this victory would be the foundation of more successes while he remains at the helm of affairs at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea will play Villarreal on the 11th of August in the UEFA Super Cup.