Thomas Tuchel has said he understands why Pep Guardiola believes the whole world wants Liverpool to win the title, but the Chelsea manager doesn’t care if his team are “bad guys” in Saturday’s FA Cup final.
Asked about Guardiola’s claims that “people want Liverpool to win more than us”, Tuchel was quick to take his side on the Manchester City manager’s side. “I’m not a Liverpool fan,” he said. “I understand why she feels that way. I would often say that it is difficult to argue with it. I did not say I agree 100% but I see. There is a lot of compassion for Liverpool in this country. “
Tuchel was in an exciting position before Chelsea tried to avoid defeat in the final Cup for the third year in a row. He envied Jürgen Klopp’s speech skills, affectionately referring to his German counterpart “Kloppo”, wondering why people feel sorry for Liverpool.
“Kloppo is the master of the common people,” he said. “He can tell you to be humble against Villarreal and Benfica, and it’s amazing how he treats them. He does it all the time. That’s part of it, where compassion comes from.
“There is no jealousy; Kloppo is a very good man, a funny man, one of the best coaches in the world and that’s what he does. When he coached Dortmund, the whole world loved Dortmund. He now coaches Liverpool and you feel that the whole world loves Liverpool.
“It’s a good story for him and this is what you experience when you play against a team. But it is always a fun part and if we are bad guys tomorrow, then no problem. We take that responsibility. We do not want to be sympathetic to the world tomorrow – we want to win the cup. ”
Tuchel, who hopes N’Golo Kanté and Mateo Kovacic should start in the middle, has admitted that Liverpool’s history helps them. “It’s also because of Jürgen, but a lot of what this club stands for and how they run the business, and how the fans push their team. If you struggle with it, like Pep for years, I can understand that it sometimes sounds like this.”
It was up to Tuchel, whose team accidentally lost the Carabao Cup final in Liverpool on penalties, to match Klopp’s interest. “Just trust yourself and do your part,” he said. “I was even a fan of Dortmund. But I have nothing but great respect for what he is doing. He is like one of the club’s supporters. He is the influential leader of this great club. ”
Tuchel, who ate lunch on Thursday and is expected to be the new owner, Todd Boehly, said Chelsea’s victory would reverse their failure to compete with City and Liverpool in the league. Chelsea, who have won the European Super Cup and Club World Cup, know they could prevent Liverpool from making four appearances. Tuchel is looking forward to a solid game and tells his team to focus on Liverpool’s defensive line.
“They allow for opportunities,” he said. “We were sure – we had a great chance at the end of the Carabao Cup. But that’s their way. It’s a team that puts the strikers of other teams offside so far. But you can find the answers if you have a good day. ”
Tuchel also said that Romelu Lukaku, who has three goals in his last two games, could start. But he admitted he could have done it without being interrupted by Lukaku’s assistant, Federico Pastorello, saying he wanted to discuss with the new Chelsea owners about the player’s future. Pastorello admitted there was “a problem” earlier this season but rejected Belgian proposals to join Internazionale or Milan this summer.
Lukaku distanced himself from the comments of his assistant. “I will not let anyone speak for me,” she said on Instagram. “I closed my mouth and looked forward to helping the team as much as I could. So if somebody out there is trying to say something about me and the team … not in my name. “