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Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss in January and is unbeaten as Chelsea boss ahead of Thursday’s Premier League game against Liverpool.
Tuchel has revealed that he frequently spoke to both Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola about the Premier League – though did not get their advice before joining the Blues.
Asked if he spoke to Klopp before he took the Chelsea job, 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.
“If I called him I hoped he would have called me back, because he does not want to play against me but I’m not sure! 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.
“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.”