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Sun. May 22nd, 2022

Thomas Tuchel plays down managerial rivalry between him and Pep Guardiola and says Chelsea’s recent wins over Manchester City have been “50/50 matches”; Tuchel says Edouard Mendy will start against City while Mason Mount will miss out

By James Simpson

Thomas Tuchel has emphasised that Chelsea vs Manchester City is not him vs Pep Guardiola as they ‘don’t play tennis or chess’.

Tuchel’s Chelsea, currently sitting at the top of the Premier League and three points ahead of last year’s champions, host Guardiola’s City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday at 12.30pm.

Chelsea have enjoyed great success against City in recent meetings, winning three straight: a 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win in April; a 2-1 league win in early May; then a 1-0 Champions League final victory at the end of that month.

Chelsea have enjoyed great success against City in recent meetings, winning three straight: a 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win in April; a 2-1 league win in early May; then a 1-0 Champions League final victory at the end of that month.

Although Tuchel was praised for his tactics during those games, he has steered clear of labelling Saturday’s match a battle between the two coaches, emphasising how the results could have gone either way.

“Not so long ago, there were a lot of voices who told me that I don’t know how to beat Pep,” he said.

“Anyway, it’s not between me and him.

“We don’t play a match of tennis or a match of chess tomorrow, we play with our teams, and the teams and clubs compete against each other on a very high level.”

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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