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Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday with Hakim Ziyech scoring the only goal of the game.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hailed Pep Guardiola as the best manager in football despite beating the Spaniard on Saturday.
Tuchel also believes Chelsea made a statement by beating Guardiola and his Manchester City side in the semi-final on Saturday.
“If you play against Pep you know you’re playing at the highest level in Europe because he’s been on the sideline at Barcelona, Bayern, and now Man City. He is the benchmark with his teams, you can see that with the Premier League,” Tuchel said in his post-match press conference.
“Our target was to close the gap for 90 minutes because it’s possible in football if you arrive with good momentum. I am very, very happy and proud with the performance of our team because we played with a lot of courage, we were very self-confident and were brave with and against the ball.
“We had a very good start to the match, the first 35 minutes of the first half, and the first half of the second half. We deserved the win which was most important. We were very active and did not passive.
“We deserved a win against maybe the best manager and clearly one of the best teams. We are very happy with the performance and it will be a huge boost to our self-confidence, progression, and development.”