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During his time in Germany, Thomas Tuchel faced then Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola five times, and he was never able to win any of those games.
In regular time, Tuchel’s team got two wins and three defeats against Pep’s team, and one of those draws ended up in a penalty defeat, in the 2015/16 DFB-Pokal final between Dortmund and Bayern.
Tuchel’s first Der Klassiker encounter against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich ended with his side losing 5-1, showing the gulf in class between the two teams.
Tuchel is now set to face Pep Guardiola for the first time as Chelsea manager, and he has admitted that he learnt a lot from watching Pep Guardiola’s team.
However, the Blues boss has revealed that this is the time to get one over Pep Guardiola for the first time in his career.
Tuchel said I’m his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City: “He’s been a huge influence on me. When he was coach at Barcelona, and I didn’t have a chance to know him personally, I was watching almost every game and was very impressed by the way they made success happen, the style, using Academy guys, ball possession.
“The most impressive thing about this team was how they defended when the lost the ball. I learned a lot watching them and understanding the game more, how adventurous and brave you can approach a game.
“It was a big, big lesson. I was coach in the academy and then becoming coach in Mainz. Almost every match was a lesson in those days. Later I had the opportunity to play against him, which was not always a pleasure! I drew a couple of games with Dortmund, so we came close, now it’s time we beat them, and the next chance is tomorrow.”