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Thomas Tuchel has guided Chelsea to the Champions League final just six months after being sacked by the Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, who crashed out of the competition in the semi-finals.
Tuchel has reached the final for the second time in a row, having guided PSG to the same stage last season before they lost out to Bayern Munich.
Despite guiding Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League final, Tuchel was sacked by the French club in December before he got the Chelsea job in January.
Despite guiding Chelsea to the final and seeing PSG crash out, Tuchel insists he has no feelings of revenge for PSG sacking.
“No, I don’t have these feelings in me. It’s of course very satisfying on a personal level to be there again, but not because of what happened in December,” he told reporters when asked if he takes extra satisfaction from PSG’s demise.
“I’m just absolutely grateful to arrive again in a Champions League final because it’s absolutely huge. I’m grateful to have the chance to work in football in general and at this kind of level, and super grateful for the people around me who push me, give me confidence and trust, and to have the challenge now here in Chelsea feels so good from the first moment.
“To arrive with this club and team in Istanbul is a huge reward for me personally, but not in terms like I said of any revenge or extra satisfying that PSG are not there.
“I am there, I don’t think in these terms, it’s always a team effort we try hard like any team to have the biggest success. It feels absolutely right where we are right now, and that’s what I am enjoying.
“So keep on going, I try to bring out the best in myself every day. We have two big finals now, and three big matches in the league.”