Thomas Tuchel reacts to Guardiola’s shambolic tactics in the Champions League final

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Pep Guardiola is yet to taste Champions League success since leaving Barcelona where he last won the competition.

The bookmakers made him favourites to beat Chelsea in the final of the Champions League and take home the trophy. But it wasn’t to be as Chelsea won game 1-0.

Pep Guardiola continued in his natural habit of overthinking at times and put up a surprise lineup before the game as he left out both Fernandinho and Rodri from his starting side and instead opted to play Ilkay Gundogan in a deeper role.

It was a shambolic decision, and by the time he reverted it in the second half, the game was already lost.

Speaking after the game, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted he was very surprised by the decision.

“We were a bit surprised, I expected Fernandinho in the line-up to start,” Tuchel admitted after the game.

“He chose a very offensive line-up, a very technical line-up, it was very hard to steal the ball and recover the ball.

“Everything else we more or less expected.

“We expected that they wanted us to pin on the side, very, very wide. So it was very important that we stepped out with Azpi and Toni constantly out of the back five to support our midfield. It was important to stay in a block in our front five to avoid diagonal switch of play, this is what we tried to implement and follow.

“It was a strong bond, we were absolutely sure we had to play with a strong bond and genuine belief with what we did.

“Minute after minute we could grab some ball possession we could win more and more second balls and initiate some dangerous counter attacks which gave us confidence, and from then on it was a tough match until the end.”

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