Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has praised Thomas Tuchel’s impact at Chelsea and believes the German’s tactics has made Chelsea a difficult team to play against.
“Why Chelsea play so good… because they have three central defenders close, the two holding midfielders who move in relation are close, the pockets are close, the striker and the two [others in attack] are so, so close,” Guardiola told BT Sport.
“The distances are so close, and at the same time they are so wide with the wing backs, they are so good with the ball in behind.
“That’s why you cannot be close because they push you [out wide] and they have a lot of good players in the middle. That’s why it’s difficult to face teams who want the ball and want to play with the ball. We’ve tried to do it since day one.”
Asked how he rates Tuchel’s impact at Chelsea, Guardiola replied: “I think it’s massive.
“I saw the first game he had against Wolves, it was a draw but I saw already some routines, some mental processes when I faced them in Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.
“I knew he would do it quick and good here at Chelsea.”