Thomas Tuchel reveals conversations with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola before joining Chelsea


The German coach replaced Frank Lampard in January and has enjoyed an excellent run of form since taking over, yet to taste defeat, though faces a mammoth task on Thursday night with an away trip to face reigning champions Liverpool at Anfield. Tuchel knows Klopp pretty well, having managed at two of his former clubs Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, though he says he did not need any convincing from his peers when it came to choosing to join Chelsea.

Tuchel is currently unbeaten since replacing Lampard as Chelsea manager (Picture: Getty) Asked if he spoke to Klopp before he took the Chelsea job about the Premier League and what he might expect, Tuchel said: ‘No, it was pretty clear what I expected from the Premier League.

‘I mean, I was talking to him and talking to Pep regularly and got their feelings about it when we would meet when I was the coach in Dortmund and in Paris and we’d meet in the Champions League or at [Uefa] coach’s meetings. ‘The feedback was always pretty clear and so I stepped into this adventure without his advice.

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No, I’m just joking! ‘It’s nice to meet him, it’s always nice to meet him. It’s super hard to play against him and his teams. Tuchel and Klopp have been facing off against each other for over a decade (Picture: Getty) ‘For me Liverpool with Jurgen and Manchester City with Pep are the two teams who are the benchmark, the teams we have to close the gap to.

‘This is our target and we are fighting hard for this. And I don’t feel like I fight alone. I have a strong club behind me, and a strong team at my side, so it feels good.’

Chelsea currently sit a point and a place above Liverpool in fifth spot in the Premier League table and know that a victory on Thursday night would go a long way to securing a top-four berth this season.

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