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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was impressed with Thomas Tuchel after the two had dinner in 2014 in Germany, with Pep Guardiola tipping the German as a future star in management.
Tuchel was then the boss of German side Mainz and have since gone to manage Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and now Chelsea.
In the book Pep Guardiola: The Evolution, which details the Catalan’s three years in Munich, author Marti Perarnau recalls a conversation he had with Guardiola in 2015 in which the Manchester City boss hailed Tuchel and Antonio Conte as the managers with the greatest potential.
“I remember asking him in 2015 to name two coaches with the greatest potential,” wrote Perarnau.
“Without a second’s hesitation, he said, ‘Tuchel and (Antonio) Conte’.”